In Study, People in Police Uniforms More Likely to Shoot Unarmed Targets
Putting on a uniform impacts some people's mindset and behavior in problematic ways.
Fear of Being Branded Racist Increases Police Support for Excessive Force
New research finds the stereotype of a racist cop decreases officers' sense of moral authority, which may make them more likely to resort to coercive tactics.
The NYPD Officer Accused of Choking Eric Garner Will Not Be Charged With Civil Rights Violations
The decision came one day before the fifth anniversary of Garner's death and the deadline for the federal government to file charges against the officer.
Why Are Homicide Rates Spiking in California's County Jails?
Since 2011 inmate-on-inmate homicides have risen 46 percent in county jails statewide compared with the seven years before.
A Chicago Jail Might Be the Largest Mental Health Care Provider in the U.S.
After Illinois cut funding for mental-health services, Cook County Jail now handles a large portion of the state's patients. A new book tells their story.
How Anti-Immigration Policies Are Leading Prisons to Lease Convicts as Field Laborers
Under lucrative arrangements, states are increasingly leasing prisoners to harvest food for American consumers at a rate not seen since Jim Crow.
Filming Police Interactions Hasn't Increased Accountability
As officer interactions with black and Hispanic Americans are increasingly captured on film, courts still aren't ruling against police.
New Tech Is Fundamentally Changing the Power Balance Between Police and the Public
The NYC subway saboteur gazed into the surveillance state. What looked back?
A Brief History of California's Epic Journey Toward Prison Reform
Since 2006 the state has struggled to deal with a cascading series of problems with its prisons and is now undergoing its biggest transformation since 1851.
Instagram Images Exposed Ongoing Problems at One Georgia Jail
Inmates held in the DeKalb County Jail have been railing against conditions there. A social media post has brought attention to their pleas.
The Sad Tale of Frank Olson, the U.S. Government's Hallucinogen Fall Man
Denver residents voted to decriminalize magic mushrooms, in the process ending a 65-year smear campaign against an unwitting MKUltra study subject.
Who's Legally Responsible for Prison and Jail Suicides?
Lawsuits used to be a path to prison reform, but they're now an uphill battle for prisoners and their families.
San Francisco Is Voting Today to Ban the City's Use of Facial Recognition Technology
The vote comes amid concerns that the technology violates civil liberties and is subject to racial biases.
Will Artificial Intelligence Help Improve Prisons?
China and Hong Kong have started using tech to create "smart" prisons. Should the U.S. consider following their lead?
Millennials Are More Likely to Face Arrest Than Gen X'ers
New research suggests that "broken windows" policing has resulted in more young people getting arrested for trivial offenses—especially young people of color.
What's the Future of Voting Rights for Former Felons in Florida?
In November, voters passed an amendment restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, but new legislation could diminish its potential impact.
The Questionable Ethics of Expanding Forensic DNA Testing
The use of genetic information collected by private companies in criminal investigations raises a number of issues about transparency and privacy.