In the past, when users of the drug were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments.
The legendary hockey player, dead at 83, lived life with the same elegance he showed on ice.
Guards aren't all heroes, and inmates aren't all villains.
A divided court doubled down on its 2002 Atkins decision, ruling that Florida can't kill Freddie Lee Hall just because his IQ has sometimes passed an arbitrary mark.
Missouri plans to kill a convicted murderer Wednesday, but his health and the state's secrecy about lethal-injection procedures raise serious constitutional issues.
A productive policy conversation after a botched Oklahoma execution depends on rigorously supported claims. Those can be tough to come by.
A new book suggests that humans' urge to mercy evolved alongside our urge for vengeance. Has the practice of hiding prisoners and executions away stifled the mercy?
The president has commissioned yet another study of lethal injections. He'd be better off lobbying the Supreme Court and Congress to make changes.
This week, Churchill Downs will be full of great storylines about the good people and great causes represented at this year's big race.
In an exhaustive and devastating opinion, Judge Lynn Adleman writes that the facts don't justify restrictions that unduly burden minorities.
State officials used untested drugs from a secret source to end the life of Clayton Lockett, who took more than 45 minutes to die.
In the second part of its trenchant documentary on prisons in America, Frontline shows us a side of Louisville you won't see on Kentucky Derby Day.
By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible for prosecutors to accept minority jurors—and then discount their views.
The wrongfully convicted boxer was a cause célèbre for the likes of Bob Dylan. But he built his true legacy after he was released from prison.
State officials have tried to conceal basic information about the drugs used in executions, creating chaos in the legal system.
A new PBS documentary takes us inside a Maine prison, where inmates and officials are locked in a grim and self-defeating embrace.
The president is right to speak out, but he needs to preach to someone other than the converted.
By refusing to help fill the nation's empty trial benches, some senators are intentionally creating a vacuum of federal legal authority.
The retired Supreme Court justice would like to add five words to the Eight Amendment and do away with capital punishment in America. It's a shame he didn't vote that way during his 35 years on the Supreme Court.
The Arizona sheriff is in trouble again, just in time for a new run for governor—this time for getting caught on videotape disrespecting a federal court order that highlighted his longstanding discriminatory police practices.