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Breaking down the rituals and routines of the criminal justice system.
The Lowdown June 16
A little-noticed law could make it easier to punish people for low-level drug crimes — and put them in prison for longer with less proof.
The Lowdown January 22
Ambitious promises run up against political and practical obstacles.
The Lowdown January 8
Everyone's talking about sedition, treason and conspiracy. Here's what these terms actually mean and how they've been enforced.
The Lowdown December 12, 2019
Half of America’s prisoners are in for violent crimes, but reforms often leave them behind.
The Lowdown September 12, 2019
The vast majority of prisoners are held in publicly run prisons. But the private sector affects their incarceration in different ways.
The Lowdown June 27, 2019
A proposal by Julián Castro would make unauthorized border crossing a civil offense, not a crime.
The Lowdown September 25, 2016
Ahead of the presidential debate, setting the record straight on a hot-button immigration issue.
The Lowdown September 24, 2015
The paradox of “felony murder” laws.
The Lowdown August 28, 2015
Why people get sentenced to “weekend jail.”