Harlan Thomajan

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When the criminal justice system doesn't find justice

Imagine that the lies of others led a jury to convict you of a serious crime you didn't commit, and it took nine years for the truth to set you free.<p>That's the predominant circumstance of people whose wrongful convictions have been tracked by the National Registry of Exonerations, which since 2012 …

​How much do jails cost? More than taxpayers think

America's jail population has swelled in recent decades, and so have their costs to taxpayers.<p>On a daily basis jails hold more than 735,000 inmates, …

Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.<p><b>Imagine a private, global super</b> <b>court that</b> empowers corporations to bend …

Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Racial Bias in the Jury Room

Does what happens in the jury room stay in the jury room?<p>The U.S. Supreme Court takes up that question Tuesday in the case of a Hispanic man from Colorado who was convicted after a juror said during deliberations, "I think he did it because he's Mexican."<p>The court must decide whether guaranteeing a …

U.S. Supreme Court

The US did horribly in a state-by-state corruption study

These grades are determined by answers to 245 questions "that ask about key indicators of transparency and accountability, looking not only at what the laws say, but also how well they're enforced or implemented," the study explains. These key indicators fall into 13 categories, including public …

New Jersey

Life without parole for juveniles, the sequel, at the Supreme Court

Three years ago the<p>Supreme Courtrightly struck down laws requiring minors who commit murder to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Tuesday, the justices considered a different question: whether the decision should be made retroactive, which would require states to …

Portland Public Schools 'rap music' ban sparks allegations of racism

Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism.<p>The district had banished hip-hop …

Debtors' Prison for Kids: The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

Costs, fines, and fees in the juvenile justice system harm youth and their families.<p>They also undermine public safety and contribute to racial …

Punished for Being Poor

Defendants who can't make bail, regardless of their crime, are four times more likely to be sentenced to time in prison. So much for innocent until …