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Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption

Cory Booker and Rand Paul’s REDEEM Act.

This Is Your Brain

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The Nazi Interrogator Who Revealed the Value of Kindness

Thanks in part to the work of Hanns Scharff and a slew of studies on interrogation techniques, we know it’s best to be genuinely friendly no matter who you’re trying to get information out of.

Quick Studies

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All the Study Subjects Have Gone to Prison

Studies on health disparities are being confounded by yet another disparity: the disproportionate incarceration of black men.

Substance

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This Cop Says It’s Time to Legalize All Drugs

Who exactly is prohibition supposed to be helping? After many years of enforcing drug laws as a police officer, Diane Goldstein’s experience with an addicted family member changed her attitude for good.

True Crime

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Radical Life Extension and Time-Slowing Drugs

These ideas for the future of prison sentencing are outrageous, but the current state of affairs is, too.

 

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The Unique Needs of Veterans in the Legal System

Vet courts, like drug courts, treat the underlying factors for first-time offenders.

 

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How Often Are Prosecutors Detaining the Innocent Until They Falsely Testify?

For years, prosecutors in New York have been using what are known as material witness orders to compel testimony from reluctant witnesses in criminal trials. But has the power to persuade led to coercion and tainted convictions?

 

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The Flaws of Familial DNA Matching

New research warns investigators of inaccurate results, and unfairness to minorities.

Features

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The Death Penalty Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

How legal wrangling over the chemicals used in lethal injection could shut down capital punishment.

 

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Seeking Second Chances Without DNA

DNA testing has overturned many wrongful convictions but the vast majority of criminal cases have no DNA to test. And some of those inmates’ convictions are also flawed.

 

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Litigating Lineups: Why the American Justice System Is Keeping a Close Eye on Witness Identification

The single biggest cause of wrongful convictions is mistaken eyewitness identification. Is there a better way to find the right perpetrator?

 

A Porn Stash and a False Confession: How to Ruin Someone’s Life in the American Justice System

John Watkins’ stash of pornography made him a look like a prime suspect for a rape in police and prosecutors’ eyes. How they wrung a confession out of him and convinced a shaky witness to ID him offers textbook examples of how to achieve a wrongful conviction.

 

David Onek — Law Enforcement Facilitator

David Onek works to bring together stakeholders in the criminal justice system who often agree — usually without knowing they do.

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