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Keeping the Death Penalty Alive: It’s a Texas Thing

People like to say that the death penalty is for the “worst of the worst” …

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Tsarnaev’s Sentence: A Deeply American Choice

Jurors in the Boston bombing trial have found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of murder and other …

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The Slender Man Stabbings: Is Everything About the Suspects Based on Fiction?

The tale of the Slender Man stabbings is a surreal one. For those of you …

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Another Innocent Black Man on Death Row

As President Obama proclaimed at the Selma memorial march, race relations may have improved in …

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For the Mentally Disabled, Some States Are Deadly

One of the major problems that I have with the death penalty is its randomness. …

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Top 10 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System

It’s that time of year when people are making lists and checking them twice. Here …

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In the Wake of Garner, A Plea for Hope

In the days after Ferguson, and just before the Garner decision, I spoke with a …

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Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn’t

You do the crime, you do the time. But not always for the reasons you …

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When Children Are Not Children: A 10-Year Old Murder Suspect Is Charged as An Adult

10-year-old Tristen Kurilla has been charged as an adult in Pennsylvania in the murder of …

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Another Day, Another Death: A Mother Dies in Prison After Reporting Threats

Latandra Ellington, a 36-year old mother of four children, died in a Florida prison last …

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When Prison Guards Kill Inmates: Florida’s Prison Massacre Revealed

Prisoners are forgotten people. Locked away, they are totally out of sight, and even more …

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The Truth About False Confessions

It is hard — near impossible — for most of us to believe that innocent …

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A Deadly Secret: States Refuse to Share the Source of Lethal Injection Drugs in Executions

Shhh. It’s a secret. No, it’s not an invitation to a surprise party. Instead, it’s …

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Killing to Heal?: One Year After the Boston Bombing

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The bombing was a …

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