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NSA testimony

Officials leak secrets to advance careers or justify wars and weapons programs, but Edward Snowden’s the criminal?

Protest against NYPD surveillance

Americans remain mostly blind to the abusive treatment of terror suspects on US soil.

Edward Snowden

Protecting the whistleblower who laid bare the uglier sides of the American administration.

NSA surveillance

The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.

Westgate Mall

The reports I’ve seen describe Nairobi’s Westgate mall as upscale, but that’s not the whole story, and not how I remember it.

Jon Burge

The City of Chicago has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements with victims of brutality under Police Commander Jon Burge. But justice is far from done—and some victims are still in prison.

Cook County Department of Corrections

As an investigative journalism student, I helped uncover proof that should have cleared Anthony McKinney’s name. Instead, he died in prison.

Will California Choose Prisons Over Schools—Again?

Progressives supported Prop 30 to send more money to schools but now the funds are headed to prisons. How could this happen—and can it be stopped?

NSA court order

How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.

Blogs

The New York Times columnist fails to understand how the war on drugs disproportionately affects minorities and the poor. 

January 14, 2014

The transgender woman and activist served nineteen months of a forty-one-month sentence.

January 13, 2014

A new report shows that the unsolved homicide rate is far higher for black victims. The problem goes beyond the number of detectives in black neighborhoods.

January 10, 2014

You just have to go to jail first. 

January 8, 2014

So far, 2014 has been a year of states doing as they please.

January 6, 2014

David Brooks’s blinkered pot column shows how our elites are shielded from the consequences of the war on drugs. 

January 3, 2014

Thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, millions of poor Americans won’t get health insurance. 

December 31, 2013

Police violently dispersed a crowd of about 150 people in Durnham, North Carolina, during a vigil in which supporters demanded answers after the death of a teenager, who managed to shoot himself while handcuffed in police custody.

December 23, 2013

And maybe that's perfectly OK.

December 23, 2013

The ACLU accuses Walker of “bogus appropriation” of free speech arguments to defend offensive acts by government.

December 23, 2013