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In Exonerations, How You Communicate Matters

Which is more powerful: a good story, or a telling statistic? The success of the recent documentary on the Central Park 5 suggests effective storytelling can change public attitudes, but that might not be enough to change public policy, according to two scholars. 

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Why Rachael Rollins Makes Boston’s ‘Courthouse Regulars’ Nervous

Boston’s DA is under fire from critics, including the local press, for decisions that allegedly let “criminals off the hook.” In fact, she’s pursuing the vision of justice that won her election as a “progressive” prosecutor—and threatens defenders of the status quo, argues TCR’s legal columnist.

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How Miami-Dade Prosecutors Deliver a ‘Second Chance’

The success of a program aimed at making it easier for individuals to seal or expunge their criminal records is worth a closer look by skeptics in other jurisdictions, Miami-Dade’s state attorney and her chief of staff write in a joint essay.

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Does Reform Matter? The Hopelessness of a Life Sentence

The recent suicide of a Pennsylvania inmate who became an award-winning author while serving life underlines the frustration felt by many prisoners whose efforts to show they have changed fall on deaf ears, writes a TCR columnist who has been imprisoned since the age of 14.

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The Real Culprit in the Central Park 5 Convictions

Before you join the chorus of outrage against the prosecutors in the Central Park jogger case, it’s worth thinking about the systemic flaws that led to the wrongful convictions—so we can prevent it from happening again, says TCR’s legal columnist.

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Minnesota Justice: What Bipartisanship Can Achieve

A major overhaul of solitary confinement and a five-year cap on probation were among the reforms passed during the state’s legislative session which ended last month. One of the key authors of the legislation explains how it was done.