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Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87. Here's a neat tidbit from an old profile.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 20, 2013
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The NY police commissioner ignores the copious evidence that his signature crime prevention measure doesn't work at all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 20, 2013
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Virginia's famously conservative attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is in favor of shrinking America's prison state. That shouldn't be too surprising.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 19, 2013
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How does the meth industry in the AMC drama compare to the real one?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 15, 2013
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Usually it's worth tuning out when New Yorkers talk about New York stuff as though it's the only place on earth. But this year's mayor's race could really matter.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 14, 2013
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Michael Bloomberg's controversial policing strategy was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. But does it actually reduce crime?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 13, 2013
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Did you know the prison population has more than quadrupled since 1980?

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Aug 13, 2013
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The fast-growing federal prison population is crowding out other key Justice Department programs. No wonder Eric Holder wants to curb drug sentencing.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 12, 2013
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The attorney general's plan could make a big dent in the federal incarceration rate. But it's the state one that matters.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 12, 2013
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Mixed media coverage helps defendants. Here's why that matters in the Trayvon Martin case.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 15, 2013
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Nine states — including California, New York and Texas — have been trying new policies to keep kids who commit minor offenses out of jail.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 19, 2013
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Alito writes 5-4 decision for the court.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 17, 2013
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The U.S. puts more youths in detention than any other developed country — about 130,000 in 2010. A new study finds this is doing more harm than good.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 15, 2013
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Fighting illicit drugs is all about raising the price people have to pay to get them. So why do they keep getting cheaper?

  • Harold Pollack
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  • May 29, 2013
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Other types of gun violence have dropped as well. There's been a big drop in the 1990s, with a slower decline during the 2000s.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 7, 2013
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If drug courts are going to succeed, they need to start treating harder cases.

  • Harold Pollack, Eric Sevigny and Peter Reuter.
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  • Apr 26, 2013
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"All illegal drugs combined are to alcohol as the Mediterranean is to the Pacific. And we have our whole navy in the Mediterranean."

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 28, 2013
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Out of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have happened since 2007. In fact, the number of mass shootings appears to be increasing of late even as the overall homicide rate has dropped. Why is that?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 14, 2012
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Legalized gambling increases employment opportunities and, proponents argue, gives schools much-needed funds. But it also dramatically increases crime, bankruptcies, and addiction.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 30, 2012
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The phrase "organized crime" conjures up images of drug trafficking or stolen-car rings. But the illegal logging trade is just as lucrative — and far more destructive. Up to 90 percent of forestry in key tropical nations is now controlled by criminal groups, according to a new report from the U.N. and Interpol.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 2, 2012
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