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The Biggest Myth About the 1994 Crime Bill Still Haunts Joe Biden. It Shouldn’t.

June 22, 2024 Commentary
The law is routinely blamed for a very real problem it had nothing to do with.
By John Pfaff

Feds Closed a Prison Notorious for Abuse. Things Only Got Worse

June 8, 2024 Investigations
Dozens of women were assaulted at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, before it was shut down. Now, prisoners are facing “mass retaliation and bullying”
By Lisa Fernandez

New Laws Are Turning Police Into ‘Super Citizens’

May 10, 2024 Commentary
A series of legislative and judicial efforts have removed police oversight from oversight boards and communities.
By John Pfaff

GOP Senate Candidate’s Error-Laden Memoir Villainized Baltimore, Freddie Gray

April 19, 2024 Latest
Larry Hogan, the former Maryland Republican governor, has a moderate reputation — but spent his career wrongfully demonizing Baltimore
By Baynard Woods

In historic North Carolina hearing, Joe Freeman Britt’s troubled past as prosecutor looms

March 29, 2024 Latest
The proceedings are before a Johnston County Superior judge, but former Roberson and Scotland County prosecutor Britt's legacy hangs over them.
By Jacob Biba

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

March 21, 2024 Investigations
Terrence Carter spent three years in jail and on house arrest in a case in which police and prosecutors relied on the surveillance plane.
By Brandon Soderberg

A Potent Weapon For State Legislatures To Undermine Reform Prosecutors

February 24, 2024 Commentary
Preemption is being used by red and blue states alike to roll back the power of reform prosecutors.
By John Pfaff

Kim Ogg: DA Under Fire

February 23, 2024 Features
Harris County had big plans to reform its criminal justice system. What went wrong?
By Jolie McCullough

An ‘Execute-Them-At-Any-Cost Mentality’: The Supreme Court’s New, Bloodthirsty Era

January 22, 2024 Features
The death penalty survived decades of decline. Now it’s back, thanks to capital punishment-prone prosecutors and a compliant Supreme Court.
By Lara Bazelon

How Phase III Came To Be

January 3, 2024 Features
Though they once applauded the jail’s federal reforms, community groups and political leaders in New Orleans oppose a key mandate: the construction of a $109 million mental health jail.
By Nick Chrastil

Here We Go Again

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