Blue Lies: Cops, Confessions, and the Constitution

Some police manuals suggest lying to suspects during interrogations is a useful law enforcement tool. But it can trap the innocent as well as the guilty, argues a professor at Israel’s College of Law and Business.


The Deadly Consequences of the Anti-Sex Trafficking Law

Since the federal legislation was passed in April, three women have been murdered and dozens more are missing. That was inevitable when the shutdown of sex sites like Backpage forced sex workers back on the street and into the clutches of pimps, writes an advocate for decriminalization of prostitution.


What Trump Gets Wrong About Terrorism

In a recent tweet, President Trump called for “changes to our thought process on terror.”  He’s right, but not exactly in the way he meant, says a former US Air Force intelligence analyst.


White-Collar Crime: Keeping Cases Out of the Courtroom

A white-collar defense attorney explains how “pro-active” engagement with prosecutors has helped his clients avoid going to trial or at least present evidence that could change a case’s outcome. He calls it “trying a case in a prosecutor’s office.”


Getting Juvenile Probation Right

Nearly 400,000 young people are put on probation each year, pulling them deeper into the justice system without support or guidance that could divert them to a better path. Introducing a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, two juvenile justice experts suggest an agenda to get them there.


One Opioid Crisis Or Many?

A major thread in public policy discussions is an asserted need to “solve” the opioid crisis by limiting production of opioid analgesics and reducing medical exposure to potentially addicting drugs. But are such steps actually a remedy?  A pain specialist argues they aren’t.


Opioid Deaths: Whom Should We Blame?

The recent decision not to prosecute the doctor who prescribed opioid pills to Prince makes clear the difficulty of trying to fix legal responsibility for opioid overdoses. An addiction specialist argues that ultimately counseling and therapy are more effective in reducing the epidemic’s death toll than using punishment as a deterrence.