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Jason Van Dyke and the Inadequacy of America’s Criminal-Justice System
Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to prison time for killing Laquan McDonald. But true accountability remains elusive.
It’s a New Day in American Politics. Ferguson, Missouri is No Exception.
As the House ushers in a Democratic majority, the city in which Michael Brown was shot enters a new phase of criminal justice under Wesley Bell.
criminal justice reform
The First Step Act Deserves Your Skepticism
Tuesday’s celebrated bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill rests on an extremely fragile foundation.
Tom Cotton’s America Is Not a Free America
The First Step Act’s most vocal opponent in the Senate has a bleak and all-too-familiar vision for what American criminal justice should look like.
Texas’s Death-Penalty System Is a Travesty. Joseph Garcia Is Proof.
The death penalty in America is marked by its racism and ineptitude. In Texas on Tuesday, a man will be killed in one of its more absurd applications.
Washington Supreme Court Declares State Too Racist to Kill People
“The death penalty, as administered in our state, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal.”
A Chicago Police Officer Will Actually Go to Jail for Murdering Laquan McDonald
Dashcam video showed that officer Jason Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old 16 times as he was walking away. For once, that was enough.
A Turbulent Mind, and a Crime That Shocked New York
Measures to keep the violently mentally ill from hurting others are about to be put to the test by the man they were designed to stop.
Trump Pardons Dinesh D’Souza, in Triumph for Social Justice
The pardon of America’s bravest public intellectual sends a message to all tyrants: prosecuting dissidents for blatant felonies is unacceptable.
Think Manhattan’s DA Goes Easy on the Rich? Look at How He Prosecutes the Poor.
Cyrus Vance Jr., who styles himself a progressive reformer, is actually far more punitive toward poor and minority defendants than his counterparts.
Ex-Cop Michael Slager Found Guilty of Murder in Walter Scott Shooting
A cell-phone video showed Slager shooting Scott in the back five times. The former officer will be spared a life sentence.
Brock Turner Is Used As the Example for a Rapist in This New Textbook
His picture appears in a criminal justice textbook’s rape section.
Manhattan DA to Curtail Criminal Prosecution for Turnstile Jumpers
A new initiative starting in September will offer a diversion program as an alternative to criminal penalties.
Jay Z Publishe
Op-Ed Calling for Reform of ‘Exploitative’ Bail Industry
“If you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail.”
The Defense Attorney Who Cuts Deals for Cartel Leaders
“You have to make them as useful as possible to the prosecutors. That’s how you get the best outcome for your client.”
The Prison Psychiatrist Who Knows There Are Some Inmates He Just Can’t Help
“But I’m hesitant to write anybody off. I’d rather be swept up in their lie than be cynical and miss something.”
Chelsea Manning and the False Logic of Harsh Prison Sentences
The idea that shorter periods of incarceration encourage crime is the myth that fuels the American prison state.
Lone Juror Unwilling to Convict in Walter Scott Shooting Case
Michael Slager shot Walter Scott in the back, on tape. But one juror in South Carolina doesn’t believe that the former cop is guilty of anything.
Obama Has Commuted the Sentences of More Than 870 Inmates During His Presidency
Another 98 federal inmates had their sentences shortened on Thursday.
Americans’ Respect for Police Surges to Near All-Time High
The percentage of Americans who have a “great deal of respect” for the police jumped 12 points in 2016 — among nonwhites, that spike was even larger.
Trump Expresses Outrage Over the Exoneration of the Central Park Five
The GOP nominee says that five black and Hispanic men initially convicted of the infamous rape should still be in prison, DNA evidence be damned.
Obama Commutes Sentences for 42 Drug Prisoners
More commutations than the past seven presidents combined.
What Do We Owe Survivors When Courts Fail Them?
It’s rare that we stop to ask survivors what justice looks like to them.
Should Prosecutors Be Told the Race of People They’re Prosecuting?
In a new paper, researchers make an intriguing proposal for reducing bias in the justice system.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Just (Sort Of) Endorsed Sanders
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander both prefer Sanders to Clinton. (But they don’t “feel the Bern.”)
The U.S. Is Quietly Exonerating 3 People a Week
And a third of them are in one Texas county.
Bernie Sanders Calls for Automatic Federal Review of Police-Related Deaths
The Justice Department currently only investigates them on a case-by-case basis.
NYPD Sergeant in Eric Garner Case Is Stripped of Gun and Badge
She stood in the background.
FBI Chief Links Crime Wave to Police Scrutiny
He becomes the highest-profile law enforcement official to push the connection, though no data supports the theory.
John Oliver Rewrites Miranda Warning and Makes Dennis Quaid, TV Cops Read It
We now have a system where the most vulnerable people are potentially being charged for access to a hideously broken system.”
Obama Grants Clemency to 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders
The White House has now issued 89 drug commutations.
Obama Will Visit a Federal Prison Next Week
president has ever done that before.
Recaptured Convict David Sweat Is Back in Prison
He’ll soon spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell.
Man Has Been Waiting 7 Years at Rikers for a Trial
I don’t think about killing myself because I love myself. I still think I can get justice.”
Hillary Clinton: ‘We Need to End the Era of Mass Incarceration’
The presidential candidate calls for broad criminal justice reform at a speech in New York.
It’s Crazy How Easy It Is to Make People Falsely Remember Committing a Crime
After three interviews with researchers, 70 percent of study participants were wrongly convinced they’d committed theft or assault during their teen years.
Oklahoma Botches One Inmate’s Execution, Postpones Another
After being declared unconscious, he tried to get up.
HBO Passes on James Gandolfini’s
James Gandolfini Returning to HBO
Now as a lawyer.
What It Feels Like When a Life Sentence Is Overturned
Four people whose sentences were commuted by President Obama explain what freedom feels like.