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Ticketed at School as a Teen, a Young Black Woman Is Suing an Illinois City for Violating Her Civil Rights

It took four years and a jury trial for Amara Harris to beat the ticket that accused her of stealing another girl’s AirPods. Now she’s heading back to court in the hope of stopping schools from using police to discipline students.

Michigan Lawmakers Working to Fix a Program That Failed to Compensate the Wrongfully Convicted

State law provides $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, but a ProPublica investigation showed how the law’s narrow requirements led to delays, partial settlements and outright denials of payments.

What Happens When Prosecutors Offer Opposing Versions of the Truth?

An unusual recent court decision offered harsh criticism of a behavior that has left dozens of men condemned to death since the 1970s, spotlighting cases where prosecutors offered claims that contradicted what they said elsewhere.


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Ticketed at School as a Teen, a Young Black Woman Is Suing an Illinois City for Violating Her Civil Rights

Chinese Organized Crime’s Latest U.S. Target: Gift Cards

A Federal Judge Ruled That ProPublica’s Lawsuit Over Military Court Access Should Move Forward

Nearly Two Years After Uvalde Massacre, Here Is Where All the Investigations, Personnel Changes Stand

“Everyone Will Die in Prison”: How Louisiana’s Plan to Lock People Up Longer Imperils Its Sickest Inmates

Michigan Lawmakers Working to Fix a Program That Failed to Compensate the Wrongfully Convicted

A Marijuana Boom Led Her to Oklahoma. Then Anti-Drug Agents Seized Her Money and Raided Her Home.

A Diplomat’s Visits to Oklahoma Highlight Contacts Between Chinese Officials and Community Leaders Accused of Crimes


Gangsters, Money and Murder: How Chinese Organized Crime Is Dominating America’s Illegal Marijuana Market

What Happens When Prosecutors Offer Opposing Versions of the Truth?

No Questions, Multiple Denials: This Mississippi Court Appoints Lawyers for Just 1 in 5 Defendants Before Indictment

St. Louis Police Chief Receives a Third of His Pay From a Local Foundation, Raising Concerns of Divided Loyalties

Check Your State: Here Are the Active Shooter Training Requirements for Schools and Law Enforcement

Police Departments Are Turning to AI to Sift Through Millions of Hours of Unreviewed Body-Cam Footage

Police Say They Won’t Reopen Case of Alaska Woman Found Dead on Mayor’s Property

21 Bodycam Videos Caught the NYPD Wrongly Arresting Black Kids on Halloween. Why Can’t the Public See the Footage?

How Chicago Became an Unlikely Leader in Body-Camera Transparency

DOJ Blasts Law Enforcement’s Uvalde Shooting Response in New Report, Calls for Agencies to Prioritize Training

Illinois Judge Closes Juvenile Detention Center After “Facility in Crisis” Fails to Meet New State Standards

They Were Wrongfully Convicted. Now They’re Denied Compensation Despite Michigan Law.

When Alabama Police Kill, Surviving Family Can Fight Years to See Bodycam Footage. There’s No Guarantee They Will.

NYPD Will Stop Withholding Body-Camera Footage of Police Shootings From Civilian Investigators

Body Cameras Were Sold as a Tool of Police Reform. Ten Years Later, Most of the Footage Is Kept From Public View.

Mujeres de Utah intentaron denunciar agresiones sexuales a la policía. Dicen que enfrentaron retrasos y barreras lingüísticas.

Utah Women Tried to Report Sexual Assaults to Police. They Say They Faced Delays and Language Barriers.

Mayors Are Presiding Over Their Town Courts Despite Guidance Saying They Shouldn’t. A Lawmaker Calls for Reform.

Knoxville’s Juvenile Detention Center Says Hundreds of Seclusions Were “Voluntary.” Some Kids Don’t See It That Way.

How Police Have Undermined the Promise of Body Cameras

A Retired Detective Says He’s Too Sick to Testify at Murder Trials. Now Those Cases Are Falling Apart.

Louisiana Sheriff’s Department Settles Two Use-of-Force Cases, Including One in Which an Autistic Teen Died

Listen to All Episodes of “The Kids of Rutherford County”

This Youth Detention Center Superintendent Illegally Locks Kids Alone in Cells. No One Has Forced Him to Stop.

One Woman Died on an Alaska Mayor’s Property. Then Another. No One Has Ever Been Charged.

Inside Illinois’ Youth Lockups, Children Go Without Basic Services and Face “Excessive” Punishments

The Supreme Court Will Decide if Domestic Abuse Orders Can Bar People From Having Guns. Lives Could Be at Stake.

Secrecy Shields Powerful Adults in Our Juvenile Justice Systems. Kids Showed Me What’s Really Happening.

The Mississippi Supreme Court Moved to Ensure Poor Criminal Defendants Would Always Have a Lawyer. It’s Not Working.

Columbia University Deals With Revelations About Its Decadeslong Failure to Stop a Predator

Police Resistance and Politics Undercut the Authority of Prosecutors Trying to Reform the Justice System

A Detective Sabotaged His Own Cases Because He Didn’t Like the Prosecutor. The Police Department Did Nothing to Stop Him.

Louisiana Supreme Court Ruling Overturns Reform Law Intended to Fix “Three-Strikes” Sentences

Decades-Old Trove of DNA Evidence, Collected by a Maryland Doctor, Leads to a Serial Rape Arrest

5 Documents That Helped Us Understand How Columbia Protected a Predator

Mississippi Courts Won’t Say How They Provide Lawyers for Poor Clients

How Columbia Ignored Women, Undermined Prosecutors and Protected a Predator For More Than 20 Years

He Fled a Traffic Stop in Louisiana. Now He’s in Prison for Life.

The NYPD Denied Our Request for Body Camera Footage of a “Friendly Fire” Killing. Here’s How We Got It Anyway.

A Chicago Cop Is Accused of Lying Under Oath 44 Times. Now Prosecutors Are Dropping Cases That Relied on His Testimony.

NYPD “Friendly Fire” Killed an Officer. Investigators Seemed to Ignore Video of Police Being Commanded to “Stop Shooting.”