Lara Naughton: America’s Prison RodeoJuly 2016
In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.
It’s an open secret that every officer, regardless of rank, is allowed to step in and ask for special consideration for one fuck-up.
Randall Horton: Because Hook Doesn’t ExistMay 2015
Flash Fiction: Convince yourself the race never stops running, that memory will eat you alive.
Joe Sexton: Decades Later, a Routine Police Record Hangs Over Patz Murder TrialApril 2015
The prosecution says Pedro Hernandez fled New York after killing Etan Patz. A detectives report from 1979 suggests that might not be so.
Prison Journal of a Child BrideAugust 2014
At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.
Joaquin Sapien: Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping InterrogationsMay 2014
How honest are confessions to homicide?
Joaquin Sapien: Brooklyn DA Moves to Free Man after Long-Buried Evidence SurfacesApril 2014
Jonathan Fleming has served more than 24 years in prison for a 1989 murder. Law enforcement had evidence all along showing he was in Florida at the time of the shooting.
Jay Walljasper: You Don’t Have to be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street CrimeMarch 2014
The old wisdom that lively neighborhoods are safe neighborhoods is still true.
Joe Sexton: Ex-Prosecutor Won’t be Watching Brooklyn DAMay 2013
A decade ago, Robert Reuland played a role in what surely would have made for a lively episode of the new series.
The Minority Report of David PowellMarch 2013
The story behind a landmark case that transformed death penalty trials in the U.S.
Chase Madar: The School Security America Doesn’t NeedFebruary 2013
After Newtown: turning schools into prisons
Sebastian Rotella: Support for Mumbai Terror Group Lands Chicagoan 14-Year Prison TermJanuary 2013
Tahawwur Rana sentenced to 14 years in prison for working with the group involved in Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Stealing LibertiesSeptember 2012
Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler on why bad guys deserve rights, how small-town officials wield big-time power, and why Obama has been bad for the Constitution.
David Morris: Corporate Crime Does PaySeptember 2012
With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?
They were followed by a group in tropical wear, slipping and sliding, trying to prevent their ill-fitting thong sandals from flying off. A smaller group had chosen winter wear, rolling up the block like juiced up ticks, draped in coats and jackets.
Katie Ryder: AuroraJuly 2012
Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.
The Straight DopeApril 2011
David Simon would be happy to find out that The Wire was hyperbolic and ridiculous, and that the “American Century” is still to come. But he's not betting on it.