A new Human Rights Watch report reveals the extent of the damage done by private probation companies and highlights the ways in which public officials have enabled the practice.
Herbert Smulls was pronounced dead four minutes before the justices in Washington denied his final stay. Did Missouri officials breach their ethical duties by permitting this to happen?
A death penalty case in Colorado has generated an unusual fight between a district attorney and two parents who oppose capital punishment against the man who murdered their son.
A Buddhist family has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana's Sabine Parish School Board for violating the First Amendment.
The folk singer, who has died at 94, had one defining feature: selflessness.
Inmates killed by lethal injection used to get a dose of sodium thiopental. But that drug is no longer available, and, in a blow to transparency, prison officials in Missouri and elsewhere won't say how it has been replaced.
The state is asking a judge to reconsider his epic ruling highlighting the abuse and neglect of mentally ill prisoners, claiming that the courts should stay out of the grim business of corrections.
In 2000, the state had the bright idea to privatize its probation services. The result has been unjust, unconstitutional, and entirely predictable.
In striking down Pennsylvania's ID requirement at the polls, Judge Bernard L. McGinley has given supporters of such laws in states across the country a reason to worry.
The government has spent the past 12 years sharply restricting communications from terror suspects. So how did a 36-page document by the self-professed mastermind of 9/11 go public?
The video shows two former police officers beating a mentally ill man into a coma. So why were they acquitted?
The Obama Administration last week warned against over-discipline in the nation's schools. An important new lawsuit in Georgia offers a glimpse of how high that cost can be for young offenders.
On civil rights, the Sixties actually started on February 1, 1960. And one of the four men who started it was Franklin McCain, who died Thursday at the age of 73.
A judge's order in an inmate abuse case highlights the role played, or not played, by the state's political and legal infrastructure.
Another multi-million-dollar bill comes due this year for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reckless antics in Maricopa County, Arizona. And that's why more taxpayers may finally be asking: Who keeps voting for this guy, anyway?
The biggest recent court decision you may have missed involved a proposed state law that would have put up a new hurdle for welfare recipients.
The big cases of 2014 may resolve some of the legal cliffhangers of 2013.
How to respond to an ubiquitous, and misleading, question about voting rights
Two recent rulings draw diametrically opposed conclusions about the same set of facts.
His profitable foray into art sums up so much of what's wrong with the nation's criminal justice system.