Should 'Late Adolescence' Protect Young People from Execution?
The years between 18 and 21 are a sort of societal limbo period when, in most states, you can't drink, but you can smoke—and get sentenced to die.
All the Times Black People (Actually) Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
You've seen the Chappelle skit and maybe even the new Spike Lee movie, but these IRL cases are even crazier.
A Cop Explains Why Curfews Don't Work
How a 90s panic spawned a toxic trend that doesn’t make you safer and can target kids of color.
What It's Like to Deliver Death Sentences
I ran for office and took the oath knowing that the death penalty would be part of my job, whether I liked it or not.
The Guy Prisoners Call When They're Betrayed from the Outside
Peter Borenstein is a young LA attorney who's carved out a niche helping ex-prisoners who believe they were the victim of fraud or theft while locked up.
In Louisiana, the Poor Face the Death Penalty Without a Lawyer
A years-long public defender crisis in one of the harshest states in America keeps getting uglier.
I Deliver Bad News to Victims of Horrible Crimes
One of the worst parts about being a prosecutor is telling victims their attacker's conviction got overturned—or that a family member is dead.
Jean Peters Baker
Prison Is Killing My Prison Romance
The only thing worse than being alone in prison is meeting someone and then losing them because of where you are.
My Son Was Murdered on Mother’s Day
People have asked me about my experience with the criminal justice system, and all I tell them is that it was brief.
The Time I Ran a Marathon in Prison
The pain helps me be free, in a way, from the monotony of my life.
I Paid for Fancy Jail Because the Alternative Was Terrifying
After accidentally killing my cousin in a car crash, my family's money helped me avoid county jail, and the dangers that come with it.
Luicci Nader, as told to Alysia Santo
After 20 Years in Prison, All I Can Write Is Fantasy
Writing about technology I don't understand and have never ever seen is depressing. So I invent my own worlds.