prison

Jim Crow: Alive and Well in U.S. Prisons

If you’re black, incarcerated, and have made an effort to improve your mind in prison, you’re likely to be considered dangerously arrogant by guards—and even fellow inmates—who think you’re getting ahead of “your station.” TCR’s columnist can speak from experience.

tabloids

Why We Need a Code of Ethics in U.S. Crime Reporting

The American style of crime reporting— featuring sensational cases with the most odious details, printing mug shots and full names, and not providing contextual information on criminology and statistics in stories—is overdue for an overhaul, writes a communications specialist.

Charlotte

How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. Other states should take note, write two reform advocates.

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.