Florida’s Conviction Integrity Unit Scores First Win; Can It Keep Working?

A murder conviction that sent two Florida men to prison for 43 years was reversed last month. The victory illustrates why more prosecutors—and legislators—need to support the still-fragile efforts of conviction integrity units to bring justice to the wrongfully accused, writes a former prosecutor.   

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Why Capital Trials Risk Becoming ‘Suicide by Jury’

The death penalty system depends on the jury’s capacity to deliver an “individualized moral judgment” on whether a defendant merits execution. But it can’t guarantee the accurate portrait of the defendant that such a judgment requires, writes TCR’s legal columnist.

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The Ambiguous Reality of Police Integrity

Can integrity and ethical decision-making be an integral part of police officers’ training? Can it be sustained in the hard realities of police work? In a new podcast on policing, researchers and officers themselves offer candid assessments.

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Can Prosecutors and Public Defenders Team Up to Produce Fairer Justice?

Prosecutors’ pursuit of convictions at any cost and public defenders’ insufficient resources have too often combined to thwart defendants’ chances of a fair trial. Here’s an alternative approach proposed by Miami’s public defender and a former deputy assistant attorney general.

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Do Juvenile Sex Offenders Deserve a Break?

Under federal law, an 18-year-old found guilty of trafficking in sexual images of a minor can face a 15-year prison term. A reform advocate says Maine’s 2016 decision to apply more lenient punishment to juveniles caught “sexting” offers a more humane alternative.