January 13, 2022

Major Media Outlets Can’t Stop Describing Police Violence As ‘Officer Involved’ Incidents

By Brandon Soderberg and Andy Friedman

Following the murder of George Floyd, The Associated Press issued guidance that reporters should not describe instances where police shot someone with neutral language. It didn’t work.

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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

Baltimore Police Unit Under Fire for Deadly Shootings, Questionable Stops

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

Reality Policing TV Is Back And More Pervasive Than Ever

November 14, 2023 Latest
After George Floyd's murder, reality policing shows were cancelled, and network execs promised they'd never return. But three years later, they're back—and thriving.
By Sean Campbell

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

November 3, 2023 Investigations
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

In Louisiana, Police Reform Led Directly To A “Torture Warehouse.”

October 13, 2023 Latest
This story was produced in partnership with Slate. A new lawsuit filed in federal court last month alleges that the Baton...

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By Brandon Soderberg

Former Death Row Prisoner Files Lawsuit Against Moonlighting Prosecutor

September 20, 2023 Latest
Clinton Young is suing a prosecutor who simultaneously worked for judges presiding over his cases.
By Roxanna Asgarian

Florida Has Found A New Way To Thwart Reform Prosecutors

September 19, 2023 Commentary
A plan in Florida to review its judicial circuits will disenfranchise Black voters, the most reliable political base for reform prosecutors.
By John Pfaff

Texas Takes Attacks on Austin to New Level With “Death Star” Law

August 23, 2023 Commentary
This story was produced in partnership with Slate. On Sept. 1, a bill with the pithy title “An Act Relating...

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By John Pfaff