Criminal Justice

Why Drug Traffickers Love Buses

The most anonymous form of travel is the best one for smuggling. 

White Collar Criminals Don't Appear to Do Worse Behind Bars Than Any Other Type of Prisoner

A new study challenges what criminologists call the "special sensitivity hypothesis" of white collar offenders.

The Sunny Side of Mass Surveillance

With the right rules, it might just make life better. 

Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

Could Stiffer Penalties for Illegally Carrying a Gun Reduce Violence in Chicago?

Experts are divided over a law currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. 

When Should Cops Be Required to Wear Cameras?

Striking the privacy balance is key. 

Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.

So Far This Year, L.A. County Sheriff's Dogs Have Only Bitten People of Color

A new report finds the L.A. County Sheriff's Department needs to reform its canine unit. 

Mugshots Shouldn't Be in the Public Record. Here's Why.

The mugshot extortion industry should make us rethink open records laws. 

The Shame of Not Letting Felons Vote

5.85 million Americans can't vote because of their criminal history, putting the U.S. at odds with countries throughout the developed world.

How L.A.'s New Valet Parking Law Punishes Low-Skill Workers

Why should you need to pay a fee before you're allowed to park a car? 

The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts

1 in 9 American prisoners has been sentenced to die in jail.

Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities

How an idea borrowed from the environmental movement could help narrow racial disparities in the prison system.