Imprisoned for decades for a crime he committed as a juvenile, “Red Dog” Fennell was released as an old man into a baffling world.
Activists have swept a new wave of prosecutors into office. Is the focus now shifting to the judiciary?
“The consensus that we would do this, that we would all do it, gives us cover that we wouldn’t be labeled as liberal or too soft on defendants.”
A Massachusetts case illustrates the glaring difference between the medical community’s approach to addiction and the laws on the books in the United States.
A Q&A with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, who insists his 40-year-old squad is still relevant in a safer-than-ever city
Larry Krasner is a longtime defense attorney with zero prosecutorial experience who made his career suing law enforcement.
Since last year, a detention center in Philadelphia has had one of the strictest visitation policies in the country. “Now it’s a different world in there,” one local lawyer said.
The next district attorney of Philadelphia plans to condone safe-injection sites, where people can use the drug under medical supervision.
Despite the Sixth Amendment, in many jurisdictions, defendants don’t get legal representation the first time they go to court.
A Q&A with Georgetown University professor Marc Morjé Howard on parole boards’ incentive to keep inmates in jail
The practice has its roots in “broken windows”-style policing.
In Philadelphia and other cities, prosecutors have formed “conviction review units”—special teams that reinvestigate cases they may have gotten wrong.
A new law could alleviate hardship for those thrown into debt—or jail—because of mounting fines. But does it go far enough?
Through a suburban Philadelphia program, they learn how to help their relatives' criminal defense—and do some of the nitty-gritty work lawyers would typically handle.
In a new paper, researchers dispute a popular argument for arming everyday citizens. “There is not even the slightest hint in the data that [these] laws reduce violent crime,” they write.
Most pretrial detainees in Philadelphia’s jails are there for breaking the terms of their court supervision—not because they can’t afford bail.
The women left out of national conversations about misconduct and reform
The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys lobbied against the last major push for criminal-justice reform in Congress. Now their former president is working in the Justice Department.
Larry Krasner has big goals for the city’s justice system. But there’s no telling if he’ll succeed where others have failed.
California’s steep penalties help generate funding for government programs. But they’ve come with an additional cost.