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I Was on an Executioner's Hit List

After two prosecutors were gunned down in cold blood, Erleigh Wiley was named the new DA in a panicked suburban Dallas county. Turned out she was a target, too.
Seth Ferranti
Life Inside

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

Prosecutors Are Quietly Helping Protect Immigrants from Trump

These DAs are trying to avoid slapping immigrants with criminal charges that could eventually get them deported.
Christie Thompson

Louisiana Is Trying to Fix Its Uniquely Terrible Justice System

Tough-talking lawmen aren't high on the idea, but the high cost of being the world capital of mass incarceration could force actual change.
Tana Ganeva

Why Cops Don't Get Charged with Crimes When They Lie

Even when police cross the "blue wall of silence" and tell on fellow officers who beat suspects and lie about it, some prosecutors don't know or don't care.
Daniel Denvir

The First Black Woman DA in Alabama History Wants to Shake Up the Death Penalty

Lynneice Washington won an historic election this November even as Donald Trump destroyed Hillary Clinton in Alabama. Here's what she has planned.
Casey Tolan

These Prosecutors Campaigned for Less Jail Time and Won

Reform advocates on the left and right saw the races as proof that the politics of criminal justice are in flux—and they should stay that way, despite Trump's win.
Maurice Chammah
Life Inside

What Happens When a Former Domestic-Abuse Prosecutor Realizes Her Relative is Being Abused?

“My usual insights didn’t seem to apply. I didn’t know how to help her.”
Deanna Paul
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

How 400 Pages of Porny Emails Upended Pennsylvania Politics

The long, weird downfall of a woman who promised to take on the "good old boys" of Pennsylvania.
Mike Pearl
Life Inside

Being a Black Prosecutor Is an Isolating, Important Job

Just like police officers should resemble the neighborhoods they patrol, it's critical that decision makers in the criminal justice system reflect the populations they serve.
Melba Pearson

What the Next Freddie Gray Trial Means for American Cops and Prosecutors

The trial beginning Thursday represents the best shot at a conviction over the 25-year-old's death.
Annalies Winny
Life Inside

The Bogus Murder Confession That Changed How I Investigate Family Violence

A Texas prosecutor revisits the domestic abuse case he'll never forget.
Staley Heatly