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Criminal Justice

  1. politics
    Tiffany Cabán Wants to Reimagine Criminal Justice in QueensThe candidate for district attorney of Queens is a career public defender with an ambitious criminal-justice-reform agenda. But first, she has to win.
  2. rule of law
    Trump Wants to Make War Criminals Great AgainThe pardon-happy president seems set to celebrate Memorial Day by disregarding core principles of service and military justice.
  3. criminal justice
    Jason Van Dyke and the Inadequacy of America’s Criminal-Justice SystemJason Van Dyke was sentenced to prison time for killing Laquan McDonald. But true accountability remains elusive.
  4. criminal justice
    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.
  5. criminal justice reform
    The First Step Act Deserves Your SkepticismTuesday’s celebrated bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill rests on an extremely fragile foundation.
  6. criminal justice
    Tom Cotton’s America Is Not a Free AmericaThe 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.
  7. death penalty
    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.
  8. death penalty
    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.”
  9. police shootings
    A Chicago Police Officer Will Actually Go to Jail for Murdering Laquan McDonaldDashcam video showed that officer Jason Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old 16 times as he was walking away. For once, that was enough.
  10. criminal justice
    A Turbulent Mind, and a Crime That Shocked New YorkMeasures 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.
  11. Trump Pardons Dinesh D’Souza, in Triumph for Social JusticeThe pardon of America’s bravest public intellectual sends a message to all tyrants: prosecuting dissidents for blatant felonies is unacceptable.
  12. the city
    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.
  13. Ex-Cop Michael Slager Found Guilty of Murder in Walter Scott ShootingA cell-phone video showed Slager shooting Scott in the back five times. The former officer will be spared a life sentence.
  14. criminal justice
    Brock Turner Is Used As the Example for a Rapist in This New TextbookHis picture appears in a criminal justice textbook’s rape section.
  15. Manhattan DA to Curtail Criminal Prosecution for Turnstile JumpersA new initiative starting in September will offer a diversion program as an alternative to criminal penalties.
  16. Jay Z Publishes Time 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.”
  17. criminal justice
    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.”
  18. mental health
    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.”
  19. Chelsea Manning and the False Logic of Harsh Prison SentencesThe idea that shorter periods of incarceration encourage crime is the myth that fuels the American prison state.
  20. Lone Juror Unwilling to Convict in Walter Scott Shooting CaseMichael 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.
  21. Obama Has Commuted the Sentences of More Than 870 Inmates During His PresidencyAnother 98 federal inmates had their sentences shortened on Thursday.
  22. Americans’ Respect for Police Surges to Near All-Time HighThe 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.
  23. Trump Expresses Outrage Over the Exoneration of the Central Park FiveThe GOP nominee says that five black and Hispanic men initially convicted of the infamous rape should still be in prison, DNA evidence be damned.
  24. Obama Commutes Sentences for 42 Drug PrisonersMore commutations than the past seven presidents combined. 
  25. failed justice
    What Do We Owe Survivors When Courts Fail Them?It’s rare that we stop to ask survivors what justice looks like to them.
  26. race
    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.
  27. Ta-Nehisi Coates Just (Sort Of) Endorsed SandersTa-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander both prefer Sanders to Clinton. (But they don’t “feel the Bern.”)
  28. The U.S. Is Quietly Exonerating 3 People a WeekAnd a third of them are in one Texas county.
  29. democratic debate
    Bernie Sanders Calls for Automatic Federal Review of Police-Related DeathsThe Justice Department currently only investigates them on a case-by-case basis.
  30. NYPD Sergeant in Eric Garner Case Is Stripped of Gun and BadgeShe stood in the background.
  31. police misconduct
    FBI Chief Links Crime Wave to Police ScrutinyHe becomes the highest-profile law enforcement official to push the connection, though no data supports the theory.
  32. last week tonight with john oliver
    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.”
  33. criminal justice
    Obama Grants Clemency to 46 Nonviolent Drug OffendersThe White House has now issued 89 drug commutations. 
  34. criminal justice
    Obama Will Visit a Federal Prison Next WeekNo sitting U.S. president has ever done that before.
  35. criminal justice
    Recaptured Convict David Sweat Is Back in PrisonHe’ll soon spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell.
  36. 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.”
  37. 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. 
  38. memory
    It’s Crazy How Easy It Is to Make People Falsely Remember Committing a CrimeAfter three interviews with researchers, 70 percent of study participants were wrongly convinced they’d committed theft or assault during their teen years.
  39. criminal justice
    Oklahoma Botches One Inmate’s Execution, Postpones AnotherAfter being declared unconscious, he tried to get up.
  40. casting couch
    Turturro Replaces De Niro in Criminal JusticeIn a role originally planned for James Gandolfini.
  41. miniseries
    Robert De Niro Will Replace James Gandolfini in HBO’s Criminal JusticeAs a jailhouse lawyer.
  42. dropped
    HBO Passes on James Gandolfini’s Criminal JusticeSorry, Tony.
  43. pilots
    James Gandolfini Returning to HBONow as a lawyer.
  44. clemency
    What It Feels Like When a Life Sentence Is OverturnedFour people whose sentences were commuted by President Obama explain what freedom feels like.