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Stealing From Workers Is a Crime. Why Don’t More Prosecutors See It That Way?
It’s time for prosecutors to shift their focus to protecting the millions of workers who are victimized by their bosses each year.
March 20, 2018
These DAs Have a Plan to Undo Some of the Crimes of their Predecessors
By creating sentence review programs, a group of progressive prosecutors would revisit punishments from the past in the hope of freeing people in the future.
February 1, 2018
Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?
A special investigation reveals a disastrous flaw affecting thousands of criminal convictions.
January 31, 2018
Was There Anything Actually True in Trump’s State of the Union?
Harold Meyerson on Trump, and Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth on phony forensics.
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January 24, 2018
Why Does Our Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars?
Mark Godsey was a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” who didn’t think there were any innocent people in prison. Then he began supervising his law school’s Innocence Project, and realized his assumptions were all wrong.
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November 14, 2017
Prosecutors Keep Their Jobs by Putting People in Jail. Can They Be Leaders in the Fight for Criminal-Justice Reform?
A new wave of “progressive” prosecutors has made big promises. But is it possible for them to bring change when they are so reliant on law enforcement to do their jobs?
October 20, 2017
The Prosecution of Inauguration-Day Protesters Is a Threat to Dissent
The government keeps expanding its efforts to prosecute J20 protesters, and this should alarm all of us.
October 18, 2017
Prosecutors Are Banding Together to Prevent Criminal-Justice Reform
A new investigation shows that DA associations are thwarting changes to the death penalty, sentencing, and more.
September 11, 2017
Brooklyn Is America’s Next Shot at Electing a Progressive Prosecutor
Reform comes first and foremost in the Democratic primary.
November 12, 2016
Election Night Saw Victories in Local Criminal-Justice Reform—This Should Be the Beginning
Local prosecutor and sheriff races are winnable and build power.
Robert J. Smith