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.

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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.


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.


The ‘Black Market’ in Prison Health Care

Correctional facilities around the country try to offset the costs of inmate health care by charging minimum co-payments. But the results are not always exactly what they bargained for, writes an inmate in a Texas facility.