Sociologist Matthew Clair explores race and class at work in the criminal court system.
You don’t get people to show up in court by threatening to take away money they never had.
Just because something is legal doesn’t make it morally right.
What if all were extended the gift of a second chance?
The new criminal justice law is modest. But it may signal a shifting narrative.
Two new books provide a devastating vision of America’s mental health crisis.
Since before the revolution, punishment has depended on who’s being punished.
She gave birth to a son in the back of a squad car.
On HBO's new series, a young Muslim is accused of murder. But whether he's guilty isn't the point.
As we make laws and try to adjudicate justice, we often lose sight of the human faces affected.
A justice system oriented mainly toward punishing offenders can have tragic consequences.
The Enlightenment view of autonomous human subjects is built into the law, so the criminal justice system floats on myths and superstitions.
Black people can eat at most lunch counters and travel across state lines without being consigned to the back of the bus. But the fundamental right to life continues to be haunted by white supremacy.
"The U.S has created a vast legal system for racial and social control, unprecedented in world history. Yet we claim to be colorblind."
Forensics television is more than gory titillation and casual senationalism. These programs scratch at religious itches: they try to see beyond death and long for ultimate justice.