‘The Extraordinary Ordinary Prisoner’

Jeremiah Bourgeois was convicted of murder at age 14, with every expectation he would spend the remainder of his life in prison. A collection of his writings for The Crime Report, published by Amazon this month, tells an extraordinary story of how one man found a path back to redemption—and freedom— after spending 27 years inside America’s carceral state.


Revenge Porn Victims Caught Between Tech and the Law

Victims of revenge porn have few rights, even under laws that treat the public, nonconsensual distribution of intimate images as a crime against privacy or public decency—and they are hobbled by laws that protect websites from liability. Some jurisdictions are turning to restorative justice as a solution.


Changing the Culture of Community Supervision

America’s probation and parole systems were originally conceived as a channel for providing “rehabilitation and mercy.” For our special report, TCR surveyed some of the states where innovative strategies might offer a path to recovering those goals.


Will Trump Loosen Rules on Firearm Exports?

The feds are considering a shift in federal oversight of foreign gun sales from the State Department to the Department of Commerce. Critics charge the regulatory change, expected later this year, will put more U.S. firearms into the hands of overseas gangs and terrorists.


A Detective’s Worst Foe: ‘Flawed Thinking’

Fictional detectives like Peter Falk’s Columbo can solve mysteries on a hunch. Real-life investigators who do the same are often responsible for wrongful arrests that undermine the legitimacy of the justice system–and let the real wrongdoers escape, according to criminologists.

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Can Restorative Justice Go Mainstream?

The widely reported courtroom hug last month between the Dallas cop convicted of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed civilian, and his brother received national attention and has been called an example of how “restorative justice” can heal harm created by tragedy. TCR asked experts in the field to weigh in.


My Weekend as an Amateur Cold Case Detective

Nearly 300 amateur investigators joined law enforcement authorities in Seattle for a groundbreaking effort to “crowd solve” two crimes—one of them a murder—that have defeated detectives’ efforts for decades. Our reporter was there.