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Breaking down the rituals and routines of the criminal justice system.
The Lowdown September 25
Ahead of the presidential debate, setting the record straight on a hot-button immigration issue.
The Lowdown September 24
The paradox of “felony murder” laws.
The Lowdown August 28
Why people get sentenced to “weekend jail.”
The Lowdown June 25
For forensic artists, a sketch is more than just gray hair and wrinkles.
The Lowdown March 31
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.
The Lowdown March 26
How some inmates hack, rewire, and retool their radios to create walkie-talkies.
The Lowdown February 12
How prison pen pal services became the new OkCupid.
The Lowdown February 11
Why they’re disappearing, which states still use them, and what really happens during those overnight visits.
The Lowdown January 29
The many ways we recycle vacant prisons.
The Lowdown December 30
How it’s made, how it smells, and why ketchup is involved.
The Lowdown November 19
How women in prison remake makeup.