Public Safety & Justice

To Work on Parole Boards, No Experience Necessary

The people who decide criminals’ freedom are often ill-equipped to make informed decisions. That’s where risk assessment tools come in, but they aren't always used.

Overworked and Underfunded, Public Defenders See Some Light

Poor criminal defendants rarely get an attorney who has time to adequately defend them. Some states, spurred by lawsuits, are starting to address the issue.

Can't Afford Bail? In One State, That May Not Matter Anymore.

If New Mexico's voters change controversial bail policies this fall, they would energize a national movement to reform court fees and penalties that keep lower-income Americans locked up.

Is There Really a ‘Ferguson Effect’?

Some say police officers are increasingly reluctant to intervene in dangerous situations, fueling a crime wave in cities throughout the nation. Others say that's just not true.

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