Criminal Justice

Tommy Wells for Mayor

Why D.C.'s Police Union Endorsed a Marijuana Reformer

Cops want to get paid, too. 

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How to Measure Heroin Use When No One Will Admit to Using Heroin

And why we may soon not be able to measure it at all. 

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How Worried Should We Be About Minors and Legal Pot?

In states with newly relaxed marijuana laws, it's difficult to see teen use not going up at least a little bit.

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How Driver's License Suspensions Make Poverty Worse

And what Florida is planning to do about it. 

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The LAPD Made a Meaningful Change to the Rules Governing Deadly Force

A subtle, but crucial policy tweak recognizes the importance of officer behavior pre-shooting. 

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How Long Can a Cop Keep You After a Traffic Stop? No One's Sure

One of the murkiest areas in Fourth Amendment law.

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How the Republican Plan for Immigration Reform Repeats the Mistakes of the Drug War

The SAFE Act could lead to overcrowded prisons and misplaced law enforcement priorities.

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Marijuana Arrests in Colorado Have Plummeted 77 Percent Since 2012

Law enforcement have largely respected the will of Colorado voters—and then some. 

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Florida Might Revamp the State's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Now, it'll protect people who fire warning shots.

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Think Twice Before Asking Police to Deal With the Mentally Ill

"What cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police."

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Nearly 50 Percent of Black Men Have Been Arrested by 23

The latest horrifying statistic from the American criminal justice system. 

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For Once, Here's a Video of a Cop in Action Doing Everything Right

This policeman could teach law enforcers a lesson in how to behave when a bystander is filming.

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One Simple Way to Improve How Cops and Prosecutors Do Their Jobs

The power of a questionnaire. 

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The NYPD Shot and Killed 16 People in 2012, the Highest Number in 14 Years

There was also a 200 percent increase in officer suicides.

Midtown Community Court

A Court That's More About Problem-Solving Than Punishment

New York City's Midtown Community Court is a national model for a different approach to dispensing justice.

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Why America Has a Mass Incarceration Problem, and Why Germany and the Netherlands Don't

What Europe can teach the U.S. about criminal justice. 

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Someone in Philly Is Using Instagram to Intimidate Witnesses

The "stop snitching" movement meets social media. 

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An Ex-Cop's Guide to Not Getting Arrested

Extremely frank tips for avoiding a night in jail.

Open records

A Mugshot Profiteer Attempts to Defend the Business Model

Mugshots.com wants you to believe that it's a good thing to make people pay money to have their mugshots taken down. (Spoiler: It's not a very convincing argument).