March 21, 2024

Baltimore’s Spy Plane Was Ruled Unconstitutional in 2021. So Why Did One Murder Case Go to Trial Years Later?

By Brandon Soderberg

Terrence Carter spent three years in jail and on house arrest in a case in which police and prosecutors relied on the surveillance plane.

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Here We Go Again

December 25, 2023
The short history and long tail of “zero tolerance” policing in Baltimore.
By Brandon Soderberg and Andrew Friedman

Baltimore Police Unit Under Fire for Deadly Shootings, Questionable Stops

November 15, 2023
District Action Team officers fatally shot someone again on Tuesday. But concerns about the unit have been rising for months.
By Brandon Soderberg

Does The Allegheny County DA’s Criminal Justice Strategy Unfairly Punish Black people?

November 3, 2023
An analysis of the county's criminal court cases shows that Black people have been prosecuted by the DA’s office at 5.8 times the rate of white people, and charged with felonies more frequently.
By Sean Campbell

After The Gun Trace Task Force Scandal, BPD Established New Plainclothes Units. Are They More Of The Same?

May 4, 2023
"We establish our own probable cause," a District Action Team officer said in a piece of video footage captured after a 2022 arrest.
By Brandon Soderberg

What If The Worst Crime Imaginable Never Happened

March 23, 2023
Jimmie Duncan is on death row in Louisiana based on fraudulent science—but that might not matter if the state’s governorship flips this fall.
By Lara Bazelon

The Biggest Threat to Trans Kids in Texas is Child Protective Services

March 2, 2022
Texas Is targeting trans kids. But weaponizing Child Protective Services against them could be a threat everywhere.
By Roxanna Asgarian

Human Trafficking Sting Nets No Human Trafficking Charges

October 29, 2021
A Florida sheriff boasted of 125 arrests as part of a massive anti-human trafficking operation. But none of the charges were for human trafficking—nearly all were for misdemeanor solicitation.
By Roxanna Asgarian