The same culture exists across the country, experts say—with devastating effects.
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg Aug 12, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Aug 05, 2019
Current and former mayors were questioned about how they managed their police departments.
Aaron Morrison Aug 01, 2019
Recent legal victories have spurred counties and states to provide medication-assisted treatment to prisoners struggling with substance use.
JB Nicholas Jul 31, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jul 29, 2019
In California, Texas and Florida, advocates sent letters to district attorneys, demanding that they refuse to work with officers with histories of misconduct.
Sarah Lustbader Jul 23, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jul 19, 2019
The backlash is underway against a recent wave of prosecutors who champion criminal justice reform. Here are some methods of attack.
As public servants, prosecutors should be willing to put their cases before anyone in the communities they serve.
Vida B. Johnson Jul 18, 2019
Sensational and false news reports about the drug are pushing lawmakers to enact harmful policies.
ABC News claims anti-police violence is on the rise but offers no data.
Sarah Lustbader Jun 28, 2019
Sarah Lustbader Jun 27, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jun 26, 2019
Reality shows like ‘The First 48,’ ‘Live PD,’ and ‘Cops’ are interfering in legal cases, exploiting people of color, and threatening lives.
Adam H. Johnson Jun 24, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jun 19, 2019
Sarah Lustbader Jun 18, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jun 05, 2019
Spotlight: Neighborhood Crime Apps Stoke Fears, Reinforce Racist Stereotypes, And Don’t Prevent Crime
Sarah Lustbader Jun 04, 2019
Vaidya Gullapalli Jun 03, 2019
With Leo Beletsky, Appeal contributor and Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University.
Adam H. Johnson Apr 25, 2019
Advocates say laws that land people with HIV on the sex offender registry are outdated and dangerous.
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg Apr 11, 2019
With Hannah Sassaman and Matt Henry
Adam H. Johnson Apr 04, 2019
Low-income women are fueling bail industry profits—and getting harmed in the process.
Tammy Scheurich, who lost three biological children in the Hart family crash last year, tells her story for the first time.
Roxanna Asgarian Feb 26, 2019
Defense attorneys say they were unaware of the practice and are unclear on how they can expunge the data of nonconvicted clients.
The company recently lost its contract with Arizona after allegations of serious—and sometimes fatal—medical neglect that have echoes across the country.
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg Feb 08, 2019
The technology also allows authorities to mine call databases and cross-reference the voices of individuals prisoners have spoken with.
People who view body cam footage of an incident are less likely to attribute blame to a police officer than those who see the same incident through the lens of a dashboard camera.
Nicole Wetsman Jan 29, 2019
Federal defenders say the shutdown is hurting poor people stuck in jail.
Kira Lerner Jan 24, 2019
Josie and Clint talk with Jon Rapping, the founder and president of Gideon’s Promise.
Join Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith for the most important discussions on criminal justice.
Editors Jan 15, 2019
With Appeal contributor Jessica Pishko.
Adam H. Johnson Jan 10, 2019
Trump didn’t start it, but we can end it.
Ethan Brown Jan 03, 2019
Our staff picks 12 stories worth reading (or rereading) before the new year.
Dec 27, 2018
With Angela J. Davis, Appeal contributor and professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law.
Adam H. Johnson Dec 06, 2018
The departing governor has chosen to pardon immigrants whose past criminal offenses put them in danger of deportation.
Melissa Gira Grant Nov 29, 2018
With Jessica Brand, Legal Director at The Justice Collaborative and Appeal contributor.
With Appeal senior staff reporter, and co-host of the Justice in America podcast, Josie Duffy Rice.
Adam H. Johnson Nov 15, 2018
Local allies of the Trump administration fought challengers over immigration policy.
Daniel Nichanian Nov 08, 2018
With Appeal writer Aviva Stahl and trans rights activist Ceyenne Doroshow.
Billionaire Pushes Marsy’s Law To Victory in Six States, Despite Concerns That It Threatens Defendants’ Rights
Victims’ rights campaign spent more than $70 million nationwide, with more than half of that spent in Florida.
Melissa Gira Grant Nov 07, 2018
From sheriffs to bail to marijuana, and more—here’s what you need to know.
Daniel Nichanian Nov 05, 2018
With Appeal staff reporter Raven Rakia.
Adam H. Johnson Oct 25, 2018
With Appeal contributor Katie Rose Quandt.
Adam H. Johnson Oct 04, 2018
With Appeal staff reporter George Joseph.
Adam H. Johnson Sep 27, 2018
Josie and Clint talk with the author and journalist about race, politics, and mass incarceration.
Prisons carry enormous, perhaps impossible to measure social costs—but when assessing the system fiscally, reformers should focus on staffing salaries instead of the number of incarcerated people.
John Pfaff Sep 20, 2018
Josie and Clint talk with Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
As the federal government vows to pursue ‘swift and aggressive action’ against the sites, experts weigh in on what’s likely to happen next.
Maura Ewing Sep 13, 2018
Josie and Clint talk with Alida Garcia, an attorney and advocate at FWD.us, about where immigration and criminal law increasingly overlap.
Immigrants are being deported while their cases are still pending, immigration attorneys say.
Zack Peterson Sep 11, 2018
With Appeal contributor Zoé Samudzi.
Adam H. Johnson Sep 06, 2018
Prosecutors can subject those convicted of sexual offenses—and sometimes, those with no conviction at all—to an indefinite period of civil punishment at the end of their criminal sentence.
Guy Hamilton-Smith Sep 04, 2018
Beyond the numbers of America’s incarceration crisis.
A deep dive into the history and future of disenfranchising people who have been convicted of felonies.
With journalist Kira Lerner.
Adam H. Johnson Aug 16, 2018
As the potential demise of Roe v. Wade looms, past and current prosecutions of pregnant women illustrate what lies ahead.
Rebecca McCray Aug 10, 2018
With journalist Jessica Pishko.
Adam H. Johnson Aug 09, 2018
A podcast from The Appeal, featuring Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith.
First, look to local prosecutor elections.
A podcast from The Appeal, featuring Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith III.
With journalist Bryce Covert.
Adam H. Johnson Jul 26, 2018
Groups like the Loop and DanceSafe test drugs like Ecstasy and warn users of high dosages and adulterants, but federal legislation from the early 2000s has live music promoters wary of their brand of harm reduction.
Zachary A. Siegel Jul 25, 2018
New types of registries are being created around the country, despite research showing they don’t work.
Jessica Pishko Jul 20, 2018
Prosecutors and judges across the country are starting to feel eyes on them.
Bryce Covert Jul 16, 2018
Trump’s pick to replace Justice Kennedy would most likely undermine the rights of criminal defendants and stall progress on solitary confinement, prisoners’ rights, and the death penalty.
Kyle C. Barry Jul 13, 2018
With William C. Anderson, journalist and co-author of As Black As Resistance.
Adam H. Johnson Jul 12, 2018
Lists that include out-of-state visitors are inflating the numbers and keeping fear at a boil.
Steven Yoder Jul 03, 2018
Human rights groups, sex worker rights activists, a digital archive and others say they are already facing censorship.
Melissa Gira Grant Jun 28, 2018
Guest Zachary A. Siegel is a journalist covering the opioid crisis.
Adam H. Johnson Jun 07, 2018
A new paper argues that President Johnson’s 1967 Commission on Law Enforcement’s report on the subject was “decades ahead of its time.”
Zachary A. Siegel Jun 04, 2018
But their push to unseat judges is drawing backlash from a surprising source—fellow Democrats.
Max Rivlin-Nadler Jun 01, 2018
Our debut episodes feature Josie Duffy Rice on prosecutors and Melissa Gira Grant on criminalizing sex work.
Adam H. Johnson May 31, 2018
With Josie Duffy Rice, senior staff reporter at The Appeal.
Kyle C. Barry May 25, 2018
Lisa Sangoi May 17, 2018
George Joseph Apr 26, 2018
Melissa Gira Grant Apr 10, 2018
Melissa Gira Grant Mar 14, 2018
Bryce Covert Mar 08, 2018
John Pfaff Mar 01, 2018
A new project chronicles the myriad alternative visions of justice taking place in the U.S. and Canada.
Rebecca McCray Nov 17, 2017
Commentary: Attorney General Sessions Says He Wants To Target Gangs, But In The Federal Bureau of Prisons Gangs Find A Home Base, And A Place To Flourish
Seth Ferranti Nov 10, 2017
Guy Hamilton-Smith Nov 09, 2017
Zachary A. Siegel Nov 08, 2017
Cops Who Slap Homeless Women, Rape Prisoners, Assault Children, and Keep their Jobs … and Other Unseen News from The World’s Most Carceral State
Shaun King Nov 07, 2017
Injustice Roundup: My Weekly Roundup of Stories on Abusive Police Officers, Prison Guards, and Prosecutors
Shaun King Oct 30, 2017
No Backlog: Why the Epidemic of Untested Rape Kits Is Not a Symbol of Insufficient Police Budgets But Instead a Failure to Investigate Rape
Meaghan Ybos Oct 11, 2017