Eli Hager

Criminal Justice

Many 'Violent Offenders' Have Committed Nonviolent Crimes

Embezzlement and selling drugs near a school are among the offenses some states classify as "violent."
Eli Hager
4.5.19
true crime

How to Train Your Brain to Keep You Out of Jail

A new project is teaching habitual offenders to change how they think—and act—with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Eli Hager
6.27.18
Life Inside

The Man Who Almost Killed Me Only Did 120 Days in Jail

Before I knew it, my trainer had wrapped my face and head in Saran wrap and was beating me and smashing my head into the wall.
Patricia Wenskunas
6.22.18
crime

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.
Eli Hager
1.29.18
Criminal Justice

Parents Forced to Pay for Their Kids' Jail Time Are Getting Refunds

In California, families were billed for their kids' incarceration—even when they were innocent. Now some of them are getting checks in the mail.
Eli Hager
1.8.18
crime

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.
Eli Hager
11.29.17
Life Inside

I Can't Visit My Sons in Prison Because of My Unpaid Traffic Tickets

A mother facing terminal cancer and debts she'll never be able to pay wonders if she'll ever see her incarcerated children again.
Joyce Davis
9.15.17
Criminal Justice

Will America Stop Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement?

Long-term isolation is rapidly losing ground as an accepted practice in the world of juvenile corrections. But for youth advocates, ending solitary will take more work.
Eli Hager
8.3.17
crime

The Disturbing Lawsuit by the Cops Charged in Freddie Gray's Death

Now that the criminal case against them has collapsed, these Baltimore cops are going after their prosecutor.
Eli Hager
3.21.17
crime

Cops Are Abandoning Their Favorite Interrogation Technique Because It Doesn't Work

Claustrophobic rooms and the presumption of guilt have been accepted practice for decades—and a staple of shows like 'Law and Order.' But actual cops are changing their ways.
Eli Hager
3.9.17
crime

If Kids Ran Juvie

A sampling of suggestions from young people on how to run juvenile detention centers in America.
Eli Hager
2.14.17
News

The Uncertain Fate of Jails and Prisons Under Trump

A field trip to jails and prisons after Trump's election suggests criminal justice reform will continue even if the feds don't make it easy.
Eli Hager
12.14.16
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