Negligent DNA Testing Has Affected Thousands of New York Criminal Cases
New York City's crime lab has been a pioneer nationally in analyzing especially difficult DNA samples. But the recent disclosure of the source code for its proprietary software is raising new questions about accuracy.
Where's the Evidence That Mass Surveillance Actually Works?
Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works.
What We Know About the Computer Formulas Making Decisions in Your Life
When big data uses bad data, discrimination can result.
Your Smart Home Probably Knows More About You Than You Think It Does
A data scientist’s experiment reveals surprising information about interconnected smart devices.
Who Does, and Who Doesn’t, Get Drug Treatment in Prison
New research finds a racial disparity.
The Importance of Community Support for Prisoner Re-Entry Programs
To be successful, re-entry programs must work to facilitate more interaction between former inmates and potential role models in their new neighborhoods.
The Impact of Fairer Sentencing of Crack Possession
Five years after the Fair Sentencing Act, the government assesses the change.
'The Great Equalizer': Navigating Pre-Trial Detention
A new consultancy firm offers advice for first-time detainees, from someone who’s been there.
The Justice Department Compares the School-to-Prison Pipeline to Racial Segregation
Meridian, Mississippi, is the latest district to face consequences for disproportionately punishing black students.
Excessive Force in Custody and the Rights of the Untried
While Baltimore erupts, the Supreme Court considers a timely case.
The Psychology and the Politics of Nightclub Surveillance Video
Research shows that “feeling safe” is highly subjective.
The Fight to Decriminalize Truancy in Texas Schools
Should kids be led out of class in handcuffs for being late to school?
The Elderly Prisoner Population Is Soaring, and So Are Its Costs
Advocates argue that early release is the most compassionate and cost-effective solution.
It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime
A new analysis of crime stats suggests that economics trumps biology in causing violent behavior in teenagers.
A New Film Challenges Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Courts Controversy
Meryl and Susan Goldsmith’s documentary, The Syndrome, has been boycotted and protested against for its portrayal of SBS as outdated science.
Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling by Police?
Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys, and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.
Why Juvenile Justice Should Start—and Stay—at Home
Texas A&M researchers explain how community-based programs rehabilitate juvenile offenders better, and for less money, than correctional facilities.
How Hospitals Can Help Stop the Cycle of Youth Violence
...and save money at the same time.
Don't Believe the FBI's Most Recent Hate Crime Statistics
Crimes targeting black and transgender Americans persist, but they are under-reported and under-recorded.
(Even More) Unintended Consequences of Police Use of Force
Mistrust and resentment may make arrestees more violent once they’re in prison.
Can Kids Who Survive Crimes Be Re-Traumatized by Press?
New research cautions journalists against harming their most vulnerable sources.