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Breaking down the rituals and routines of the criminal justice system.
The Lowdown December 12
Half of America’s prisoners are in for violent crimes, but reforms often leave them behind.
The Lowdown September 12
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
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.”
The Lowdown August 13, 2015
What it takes to be a jailhouse lawyer.
The Lowdown June 25, 2015
For forensic artists, a sketch is more than just gray hair and wrinkles.
The Lowdown March 31, 2015
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.