The incoming administration opposes the death penalty, but the Justice Department has three more executions planned this year.
The initiative makes noncommercial possession of controlled substances a citable offense punishable by a $100 fine.
Biden Tries To Gloss Over His Long History of Supporting the Drug War and Draconian Criminal Penalties
The Democratic presidential nominee cannot escape one of his major legacies.
Limits on probation length, a ban on chokeholds, and a plan to dismantle a state juvenile prison system
The 7th Circuit judge’s track record suggests she would frequently be a friend of civil liberties.
While the 7th Circuit judge is often skeptical of the government's position, some of her conclusions will give pause to civil libertarians.
While that's nothing to sneeze at, it is a modest accomplishment in the context of a federal prison system that keeps more than 150,000 Americans behind bars.
A new modern record for putting inmates to death
The president's case rests on two accomplishments, while his plans for a second term echo the mindless toughness he intermittently condemns.
Court panel rules judge didn't properly evaluate juror bias against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The federal government hasn’t executed a prisoner since 2003. We may see three killed in July.
The criminal complaints against Derek Chauvin and three other officers rely on expansive liability principles that reformers usually oppose.
Fate Vincent Winslow, who has never committed a violent crime, fears catching coronavirus in prison.
Jail officials urge more and faster releases as the virus spreads between staff and inmates.
Shifting the process from the Justice Department to the White House can help eliminate bureaucracy and meddling from prosecutors.
Even Without Trump's Tweets, the Attorney General's Intervention on Roger Stone's Behalf Would Have Looked Bad
If Barr is so concerned about the appearance of integrity, why did he insert himself into a high-profile case involving a presidential pal?
A prison sentence of seven to nine years is excessive for nonviolent process crimes aimed at concealing legal behavior.
DOJ Intervention Dramatically, Irrationally, and Unconstitutionally Increases the Penalty Faced by a Woman Accused of Slapping Jews
How can prosecuting a black woman for slapping Jews in 2020 be authorized by the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery in 1865?
A new Drug Policy Alliance report highlights this puzzling and dangerous inconsistency.
The judge said six months in jail for the cop's perjury would be "unduly harsh."
Justice Maureen O'Connor has intervened repeatedly in the legislative process.
Hate crime enhancements meet three-strikes laws, and the consequences are terrible.
A part of the law intended to hold suspected terrorists for deportation is being twisted to justify indefinite detention.
The case is yet another example of our excessively penal criminal justice system.
America's justice system should leave more room for mercy.
The man will finally be released from prison.
Mill's legal problems are now over, but he remains involved in efforts to push for important probation reforms.
Reason previously shared the story of Ricky Kidd's wrongful conviction in April.
In a speech to police, Barr called for citizens to shut up and do what officers tell them to.
While the president's mercy might be self-serving, it's not necessarily wrong.
But Nancy Segula will still need to rein in her "compassion for cats."
The felony murder rule allows police to charge someone with a killing if they were an accomplice in a related crime.
"I'm an animal lover, and I feel guilty that they're wandering around out there and they have nothing to eat."
Cory Booker's Slam Against Joe Biden's Criminal Justice Record Shoveled Some More Dirt on the Old Lock 'Em Up Consensus
The climate of opinion has changed so dramatically that Democrats are politically obliged to support reform.
We need to leave ourselves room for making good when we inevitably convict the wrong people.
After two decades of mercy, the Justice Department announces five men on federal death row will face lethal injections this winter.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.
The White Nationalist Who Drove His Car Through Charlottesville Protesters Gets Another Life Sentence
James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer in the fatal Charlottesville car attack, is sentenced to life plus 419 years.
Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
It's not illegal for inmates to have marijuana, but it's still a felony if they try to smoke it.