Crime & Justice
"From a single crime, know the nation."
Gerrymandering and prisons
Prisoners aren't allowed to vote. That doesn't stop them from being gerrymandered into safe districts.
Beyond the Prison Bubble
For decades, America's chief answer to crime has been to put more criminals behind bars for longer. That expensive strategy is yielding diminishing returns. It's time for a closer look at ways of helping ex-offenders steer away from crime.
Toward a Post-Prison Society
More people go to jail each year for violating probationary “community supervision” than for committing fresh crimes.
The Economist's Guide to Crime Busting
The old divide betweeen hard and soft strategies is breaking down under a wave of new thinking about how to control crime.
Crime's Great Convergence
Crime rates have been steadily falling in the United States since the mid-1980s, but who is actually safer?
Researchers investigating the "broken windows theory" of crime control found that people are twice as likely to steal from a graffiti-covered mailbox as from one that's pristine.
Crime's New Address
Memphis demolished inner-city projects and transferred residents into better neighborhoods, but only succeeded in spreading crime to the new areas.
Security At What Price?
No defense of civil liberties is likely to be terribly effective as long as people believe that the threat from terrorism is nothing short of existential.
The Torture of Solitary
Solitary confinement, once regarded as a humane method of rehabilitation, unravels the mind. Yet today, more than 25,000 U.S. prisoners languish in isolated cells.
The Bounty Hunter's Pursuit of Justice
When felony defendants jump bail, bounty hunters spring into action. It's a uniquely American system, and it works.
Last Chance on Death Row
A little-known legal doctrine confounds the most basic understanding of justice—whether it matters if a convicted person is actually innocent.
The Last Nazi Hunter
In the eleventh hour, German prosecution laws have altered the way Holocaust-era war criminals are prosecuted. But is it too late for justice?