The Latest Dream Act Excludes Young Immigrants Who Aren’t Perfect
In a little noticed tweak, minor offenses such as underage drinking or shoplifting could lead to people being deported, critics warned.
Many 'Violent Offenders' Have Committed Nonviolent Crimes
Embezzlement and selling drugs near a school are among the offenses some states classify as "violent."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If Kids Ran Juvie
A sampling of suggestions from young people on how to run juvenile detention centers in America.