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Criminal Justice

Finding the "Fat Catchers" of Criminal Justice

Katy Welter | Posted 12.09.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Innovative criminal justice reforms may produce misleading results if they are not implemented using systematic research methods.

Reversal of Spin

Andrea Lyon | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

Under our law, if there is a reasonable hypothesis of innocence in a circumstantial case, the defendant must be acquitted. That is our law, and it is the result achieved by Knox and her team.

The Other Execution

Pat Nolan | Posted 11.26.2011 | Crime
Pat Nolan

While most of the press was focused on last week's execution of Troy David in Georgia, the same night another prisoner was executed halfway across the...

Troy Davis' Execution Exposes the Justice System's Ugly Face

Elizabeth Renter | Posted 11.27.2011 | Crime
Elizabeth Renter

Troy Davis is one man in a long list of people whose rights, and ultimately lives, were cast aside in the name of this broken justice system.

Troy Davis' Truth and Our Justice System

Kit Gallant | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Kit Gallant

As a people, it is time to grow out of the sanctimonious morality that thinks "only blood pays for blood."

Journalists: How You Can Localize the Troy Davis Story

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 11.22.2011 | Media
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Experts say human memory is malleable and that eyewitnesses' recollections should be treated with the delicacy of any other crime scene evidence. That doesn't always happen. Here, a resource guide for covering misidentifications and wrongful convictions in your jurisdiction.

Troy Davis Is Dead; the Movement Continues

Rashad Robinson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Rashad Robinson

Before he died, Troy told us that this was about more than him -- and he called on those of us who have fought against his execution to continue fighting for justice, even if we weren't successful in saving his life.

The Clock Is Ticking

Andrea Lyon | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

It is hard to know what the board will do. After all, the appeals have all been ultimately unsuccessful, and most review boards defer to the courts on legal questions as well as questions of innocence.

John Rudolf

'Persistent Doubts' Plague Pending Georgia Execution, Former FBI Chief Says | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Crime

The execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die in less than a week, should be halted because of "pervasive, persistent doubt...

Radley Balko

Forensics Fraud: Video Shows 'Bite Mark Expert' Fabricating Evidence | Radley Balko | Posted 11.01.2011 | Crime

On Aug. 9, The Huffington Post reported on the case of Leigh Stubbs, a Mississippi woman serving a 44-year sentence for assault and drug charges. Stub...


USA Today | Posted 10.30.2011 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. – Programs that provide free legal aid to the poor are laying off employees, cutting services and increasingly turning away people wh...

West Memphis Three Released -- But Not Pardoned

AP | By ANDREW DeMILLO and JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 10.24.2011 | Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The man with the power to grant pardons in Arkansas said Tuesday he doesn't plan to issue them in the "West Memphis Three" case u...

Innocent, But Forced to Confess -- To Murder

Rashad Robinson | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Rashad Robinson

Every day, many law enforcement officials treat Black youth as criminals, denying them their right to due process and basic dignity. The consequences of these practices are life-threatening.

Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Programs won't ever reduce recidivism to zero, but if we can reduce it and improve the lives of offenders and potential victims, we must.

Reducing Prison Overcrowding, Improving Justice and Preventing Crime

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.16.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prison is necessary. But there are many forms of punishment -- prison isn't our only option. Just as there are many forms of medicine to address illness, there also should be many forms of intervention to address the many forms criminal behavior.

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.

Mob Mentality

Andrea Lyon | Posted 09.18.2011 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

What is troubling is the public's fascination with the Casey Anthony case, the need to make her a villain, and how the media have helped feed the mob mentality.

Matt Sledge

Sheriff's Candidate: 'Legalize, Legalize, Legalize' | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the front-runner in the race to succeed Sheriff Michael Hennessey, has a slightly different manner of spea...

Radley Balko

Why 'Caylee's Law' Is a Bad Idea | Radley Balko | Posted 09.10.2011 | Crime

Laws named after crime victims and dead people are usually a bad idea. They play more to emotion than reason. But they're disturbingly predictable, especially when they come after the death of a child. The push for "Caylee's Law" needs a douse of cold water.

More Political Wrangling Over the National Security State

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues are predictably using the Obama Administration's latest successful arrest and indictment of a suspected terrorist to bash the Democratic administration.

Jail Inmate Files Pornography Case

AP | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography. In a hand...

Radley Balko

A Letter Of Thanks From Cory Maye | Radley Balko | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

Cory Maye, the man sentenced to death in 2004 for shooting and killing a police officer during a during a botched drug raid in 2001, agreed to a plea ...

Have Multiple Alleged Child Killers Been Wrongfully Accused?

Posted 08.28.2011 | Crime

By A.C. Thompson and Chisun Lee, ProPublica, and Joe Shapiro and Sandra Bartlett, NPRJune 28, 2011, 12 a.m. 1This story was produced in collaboration ...

Presumed Guilty: Group Seeks to Exonerate Four Yankton Sioux Men

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 08.28.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Woodard

The National Center for Reason and Justice, which has mounted successful campaigns to exonerate those falsely accused of sex crimes against children, ...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 3 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.24.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...