Crime and punishment in the age of mass incarceration
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A new book examines how black communities inadvertently helped lay the groundwork for mass incarceration.
Critics accuse federal judges of too easily trusting law enforcement in cases involving excessive force. This week, the Supreme Court declined its chance to echo—or dismiss—that allegation.
Alabama could soon create something unprecedented in American legal history: a police department run by a church.
A majority on the Supreme Court lets states know it is serious about barring executions of the mentally disabled.
President Trump’s budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, which helps low-income individuals obtain representation in civil proceedings.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the ousted top federal prosecutor for Chicago offered two different visions this week.
In a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday, a group of defendants argued the state’s public-defender system is too underfunded and overworked to meet the Sixth Amendment’s standards.
The move revives questions about the independence of federal prosecutors from political interference.
Why the immigration authorities ID search of a domestic flight at JFK is on weak legal ground.
A new book challenges the popular understanding of how the U.S. prison population skyrocketed.
Republican lawmakers in more than a dozen states are mulling bills that target recent protesting tactics.
The U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturns a death-penalty sentence after an expert witness testified the defendant was more likely to commit future crimes because he is black.
The Supreme Court considers a case involving a youth on the Mexican side of the border killed by an American border patrol agent on the U.S. side.
In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.
President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.
A list of the new pardons and commutations from the White House includes Chelsea Manning.
The year-long inquiry uncovered “systemic” violations of Chicago residents’ civil rights.
Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.
The Supreme Court considers whether states that charge inmates with fees and restitution have to return that money if their convictions are set aside.
A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.
A reader in Chicago details her first memory of her older brother—“behind the Plexiglas”: Across from him…