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Alvaro Dominguez

The Private Option

One company has become the biggest provider of jail health care. Sheriffs are worried: “If you’re the only dance in town, you can pretty much call your own shots.”

William DeShazer

Who Will Hold the Police Accountable?

When a Nashville officer killed a black man, his mother and other activists didn’t just seek an indictment—they fought to give citizens oversight of the whole police department.

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The Sheriff Who’s Defying ICE

Garry McFadden is taking a stand. But will North Carolina’s legislature strip his office of the powers he’s using?

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Something Went Wrong in Chicago

A white policeman was convicted of murder in the killing of a black teen—an outcome that goes against the many forces aligned to prevent the officer from facing consequences.

Devin Yalkin

His Brother’s Keeper

In America’s deadliest big city, the task of announcing each new murder falls to police spokesman T. J. Smith. One year ago, he confronted a killing like no other.

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'What If This Were Your Kid?'

Young offenders in juvenile detention don’t get the best education. But those held in solitary confinement can go weeks, even months, without any instruction at all.

A police officer stands with one hand behind his back, with his handcuffs, flashlight, and radio visible.
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Can Cops Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases?

“Implicit bias” training is spreading to departments around the country, the theory being it can influence officer behavior on the street. But it’s still not clear that the classes actually work.

A view of Manhattan through barbed wire at a Rikers Island facility
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The Failure of New York's Bail Law

The state has “one of the best and most impressive bail statutes in the entire country.” Trouble is, in the most populous city, the courts don’t actually follow it.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. addresses reporters during an October 2017 press conference.
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The Problem With Electing Prosecutors

The Manhattan district attorney has come under fire for campaign donations he received—one from Harvey Weinstein's lawyer and others from a Trump family attorney.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Why Jails Are Booming

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the populations of local jails are swelling for reasons that have little to do with crime.

Susan Walsh / AP

'A Mercy Move for Milwaukee'

As assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, Sheriff David Clarke might have less direct authority than he wields over inmates in the county jails.

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Roaming Charges

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon consider whether police can review a cellphone’s whereabouts without a warrant.