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Tackling 'Very Unfair' Drug Penalties Could Help Trump Win: If He Wants Voters to Take Him Seriously, He Should Stop Pretending the Problem Has Been Solved Feb. 12, 2020

Jacob Sullum

Donald Trump, who ran for president in 2016 on a "law and order" platform borrowed from Richard Nixo... Read More

Keep Mentally Ill out of Jails Jan. 28, 2020

Daily Editorials

Jails are not the right place to treat mental illness. And yet in Michigan, local lock-ups have beco... Read More

Life Can Improve, Even During Impeachments Oct. 04, 2019

Michael Barone

Underneath the clash and clang of controversy over presidential impeachment, public policy and perso... Read More

How to Sell Sep. 15, 2019

House Calls

Dear Edith: My wife and I are approaching our 80s and thinking about selling our cottage. It is on t... Read More

Federal Criminal Justice Reform Takes a Big First Step Forward Jul. 26, 2019

Daily Editorials

Within hours after the First Step Act went into effect last Friday, 3,100 inmates qualified for rele... Read More

The Staggering Costs of Imprisonment in the US May. 25, 2019

Diane Dimond

Guess how much our nation's system of mass incarceration costs each year? I'm talking about the taxp... Read More

Without Medicaid, Justice Reform Is a Con Apr. 05, 2019

The Outlaw

During the final days of March, President Donald Trump proclaimed that April would be the "Second Ch... Read More

The Cold, Hard Facts About Illegal Aliens and Crime -- There Aren't Any Dec. 01, 2018

Diane Dimond

We hear so much these days about the migrant caravan straining to cross into the U.S. Media reports ... Read More

The End of the Crime Wars Nov. 15, 2018

Susan Estrich

Maybe it's fitting that only two weeks after running his own version of the 1988 "Willie Horton" ad ... Read More

Taking Care of Kids Who Witness Death Jun. 16, 2018

Diane Dimond

Normally, small research studies don't interest me much because they usually don't include a large c... Read More

The Opioid Crisis: No One's Fault and Everyone's Fault Jul. 04, 2017

Salena Zito

CANTON, Ohio — Despite his gaunt frame and sunken eyes, he walks with a distinct swagger down ... Read More

Thinking Outside the Box on Sentencing Guidelines Feb. 04, 2017

Diane Dimond

Change is often a good thing. Thinking outside the box can bring about dynamic and fresh solutions t... Read More

A Few Ways the Trump Administration Could Help Minorities Dec. 08, 2016

Veronique de Rugy

Republicans running for president haven't done very well with minority voters, and although Presiden... Read More

The Forgotten -- and Now Manipulated - Voting Block Aug. 13, 2016

Diane Dimond

Have you decided who you will vote for in the upcoming presidential election — or whether you'... Read More

How the War on Drugs Fails Black Communities Jul. 14, 2016

Veronique de Rugy

As recent events have demonstrated, more than 50 years after much-delayed civil rights legislation w... Read More

Hillary Clinton's Overdue Shift on Crime Apr. 14, 2016

Steve Chapman

Looking back on the 1994 crime bill that he signed, Bill Clinton is probably wishing it had included... Read More

Bill Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill Is History Apr. 14, 2016

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Washington — Over the last few days, former President Bill Clinton displayed one of the salien... Read More

Unlock 'em Up? Oct. 09, 2015

Mona Charen

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from fe... Read More

Will Property Crime Uptick Become Crime Wave? Oct. 04, 2015

Debra J. Saunders

"Crime drops to new lows," read Tuesday's San Francisco Chronicle headline for a story about histori... Read More

Let the States Make Drug Law May. 05, 2015

Froma Harrop

WASHINGTON — Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan... Read More