This year, Mississippi and North Carolina both ditched a vague "good moral character" clause that kept occupational licensing out of reach for people with criminal records.
"Touching someone's arm to get their attention, I would have thought was normal."
An attempt by the district attorney to drop charges against nonviolent protesters was overruled.
The police union's attempt to punish the city for dismissing Daniel Pantaleo is instead showing the problem of overpolicing,
A school criminalizes a playground injury.
A Pregnant Woman in Alabama Was Shot in the Stomach and Miscarried. Now, Alabama Cops Are Charging Her With Manslaughter.
What the hell is going on with this state?
When "almost anyone can be arrested for something," no one is safe.
Dissenting From a Decision Blocking a Retaliatory Arrest Claim, Neil Gorsuch Notes That 'Almost Anyone Can Be Arrested for Something'
The Trump appointee warns that "little would be left of our First Amendment liberties" if cops could punish people who irk them by finding a legal reason to bust them.
Florida's $300 felony theft threshold turns petty crimes into prison time. That might change soon.
Groups have complained for years that the laws allowed police and prosecutors to selectively charge people carrying common pocket knives.
Homeland Security and Florida Cops Spied on Chinese Massage Workers for Months but Still Couldn't Find Evidence of Human Trafficking
Nine women face felony prostitution charges and hundreds of their customers have been arrested. Florida says it's the real victim.
Plus: Rand Paul has "never been prouder" of Trump, the Women's March clashes with the Park Service, and Vegas' first Stripper Parade & Expo is coming soon.
A Tucson Weekly investigation finds that federal funds to "fight sex trafficking" are actually perpetuating it.
It's been dubbed "NYC's Anti-Airdrop Dick Pic Law," but the bill is much broader than that.
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Plus: the First Amendment problems with prosecuting Wikileaks and the trans troops ban is dealt another blow.
Patrick Beadle was convicted on a drug trafficking charge, even though there's very little evidence he was a dealer.
Opponents say the bill, rushed to the floor without a hearing, would dangerously expand what's considered an "aggravated offense."
Those tykes are worth big bucks to institutional educators, so if you don't hand 'em over, you might be slapped with fines or even incarceration.
The practice traps the poor in a spiral of debt, hobbling their ability to pay off their fines.
The state law targeted people who share erotic photographs of others without their consent.
The American Veterinary Medical Association states that nitrogen may be "distressing" for any animal other than birds.
But a new bill could change that.
A Reason investigation showed the laws are used to hammer low-level, nonviolent offenders with mandatory minimum sentences.
Hospital describes her services as "invaluable."
The new district attorney's reform train keeps rolling.
Lawmakers are right to seek occupational licensing reform.
With abortion pills easily accessible online, the issue could be a big one in coming years.
Locking people up in perpetuity "may satisfy our sense of moral outrage, but it does not make good policy," opponents warn.
The bill would gut Section 230 and make sex advertising a federal crime.
And he wants to censor online porn, too.
There was no trafficking victim here-just a couple attempting private sexual activity with another consenting adult. But Maryland cops don't care.
The bill was requested by the Department of Justice after federal prosecutors bungled a child exploitation case.
Kansas CPS said Anthony Long was to stay far away from then 16-year-old Hope Zeferjohn. He didn't listen. Now she's being treated as his accomplice.
Trey Radel explains why he's not "just another tea party asswipe who got busted for drugs and voted to drug test food stamp recipients."
Claimed she and another women defamed him by calling him "POS" on Facebook.
The new law actually removes school-specific language from the definition of third-degree assault.
Effort to stop using money to determine who can go free.
Washington Post columnist Radley Balko talks progress on criminal justice reform, the state of crime in America, and ways to reform policing.
Fast-tracked immigration prosecutions have already cost an estimated $7 billion. Now Trump wants to add mandatory minimum sentences.