The Meaning of Time in The Hour Glass
Writings from a women's prison in the 1930s grapple with philosophical questions on time and life. “The mere lapse of years is not life.”
The Nation of Islam’s Role in US Prisons
The Nation of Islam is controversial. Its practical purposes for incarcerated people transcend both politics and religion.
Guns in America: Foundations and Key Concepts
This non-exhaustive list of readings on the role of guns in US history and society introduces the field as a subject of scholarly inquiry.
How Scientific Is Forensic Science?
We like to think that physical evidence is a foolproof way to lock in a conviction. The problem is that forensic science isn't exactly a science.
Revisiting the Messy Language of the Second Amendment
The debate over the Second Amendment is not just about guns—it's also about grammar.
Why Does the U.S. Sentence Children to Life in Prison?
The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences people to die in prison for offenses committed while under the age of 18.
Why is Perjury So Rarely Prosecuted?
Perjury is often considered the "forgotten offense." Despite being widespread, it is rarely prosecuted.
Do Police Deter Crime?
Is there a connection between larger police forces and lower crime rates?
Ghettoside: Murder & Justice in South LA
Detective Wallace “Wally” Tennelle was a rarity: a cop who actually lived in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where he worked.