Did the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Defraud the Feds?

An FBI investigation into an alleged switch of engines for Sea King helicopters borrowed under the government’s law enforcement assistance program failed to produce charges. But an investigation by WitnessLA suggests that troubling questions remain.

One Student Takes On Injustices in Minnesota’s Bail System

University of Minnesota student Simon Cecil’s Freedom Fund, a nonprofit that aims to level the playing field by helping low-income people post bail has picked up support from local judges. It’s one of 10 similar funds around the country.

How to Keep Kids Out of the Criminal Justice System

In La Crosse County, Wisconsin, the ‘System of Care’ focuses on schools—the place where police most often come into contact with juvenile offenders. One of a handful of similar programs around the country, it offers middle- and high school students therapy, workshops and counseling to address the kind of behavior that otherwise might have landed them in court.

Too Quick to Shoot?

A suburb of California’s capital is the newest addition to the national debate over officer-involved shootings. According to the Sacramento Bee, the community of Citrus Heights leads the state in the per capita rate of civilians killed by cops, adding to concerns that smaller jurisdictions around the nation cannot or will not pursue greater oversight of their police forces.

Waiting for Justice: Still No Reprieve for Terrence Graham

The young man at the center of the Supreme Court’s landmark Graham v Florida ruling on juvenile lifers is still behind bars. But former inmates from around the country tell Terrence Graham the court’s 2010 ban on sentencing juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses to life without parole saved their lives.

A Prisoner’s Death, 3,000 Miles From Home

No federal agency keeps an up-to-date tally of thousands of prisoners transferred every year under so-called interstate “corrections compacts.” That often makes it impossible to know what happens when something goes wrong, as a Honolulu Civil Beat investigation discovered.

Lost Girls

A Baltimore Sun investigation finds young women face harsher punishment than boys in Maryland’s juvenile justice system.

Montana’s Tragic Drug Relapse

Montana’s methamphetamine problem, once thought to be on the wane, has bounced back with a vengeance as Mexican cartels flood the state with the highly addictive, destructive drug.