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Jail

Ryan Holle, who has no prior record, is currently serving his eleventh year of a life sentence. 

Stop and Frisk

The cases that passed through Manhattan’s US Southern District court tell the history of post-World War II America.

Edward Snowden

A plea bargain, that is—it’s time to make a deal.

Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Housing protest

International law can be a powerful advocacy tool for improving economic and social policy. 

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Sex worker

Villainizing sex workers won’t improve their lives. Basic labor rights will.

Yaoundé Prison

Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage in the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.

Robert MacLean

Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications. 

Blogs

South Florida law enforcement have prepared for this verdict for months.

July 12, 2013

The nominee to head the FBI didn’t signal that any changes to transparency over government surveillance are coming. 

July 11, 2013

The reporter has already spent 300 days behind bars. His crime? Daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors.

July 11, 2013

In Bush's, and now Barack's, America, even the most engaged citizens seem too weary to put up a fight against a nominee for FBI director who proudly evaded the Constitution.

July 9, 2013

Reporting may be the worst crime of all.

July 9, 2013

The way Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s friends are treated on the stand, and by the public, has everything to do with race. 

July 3, 2013

Now that DOMA is history, animals and kitchen appliances could be traditional marriage's biggest threats.

July 2, 2013

Two federal statutes may keep benefits from some elderly couples and and the spouses of gay veterans.

July 1, 2013

Why would an undocumented immigrant voluntarily walk into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center and declare his or her status to the officers there?

July 1, 2013

MSNBC's Chris Hayes takes Jeantel's haters to task for their "willful" misunderstanding of a young, black woman's vernacular. 

June 28, 2013