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Jeffrey Epstein's Death Highlights the High Rate of Suicide In U.S. Jails

The suicide rate in American jails is triple that of the general population. It comes down to something called "the shock of confinement." What is that and how can suicides be prevented in jails?

Who Watches Neighborhood Watch Programs?

The National Neighborhood Watch Program was originally established in 1972 as a local response to neighborhood crime. How has the idea evolved over time?

6 Famous Literary Forgeries and How They Were Discovered

Forgery is one of the most difficult crimes to successfully carry off. But these six sure tried. What tripped them up?

Prison Food Is Way Worse Than You'd Expect

The food we're feeding those incarcerated in the U.S. prison system is not only bad for their health, but it's also bad for John Q. Taxpayer's wallet.

Mitsuye Endo: The Woman Who Took Down Executive Order 9066

You probably don't know her name, but Mitsuye Endo was the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that ultimately led to the closing of the U.S. Japanese internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

How and Why Are Documents Redacted?

The big blacked-out sections of the Mueller report are calling attention to redaction. The process of redaction can be sophisticated or simple. And sometimes, not completely fool-proof.

Nearly Half of All Americans Have a Family Member Who's Been Jailed

A new groundbreaking study shows how widespread incarceration in the U.S. really is.

Why Did the Harts Deliberately Drive Their Family Over a Cliff?

A new serial podcast delves into the tragic deaths of at least six members of the Hart family, whose SUV was driven off a cliff in California in early 2018.

5 Insane Driving Laws You Probably Didn't Know

Cursing during road rage? A ton of trash in your car? Both can get you in trouble if you're not careful. What other crazy driving laws are on the books?

Can a Supreme Court Justice Be Removed?

The Constitution allows Supreme Court justices to be impeached by the House and put on trial by the Senate, but it's only happened once and that was in 1805.

How to Safely and Anonymously Report Sexual Assault

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and many are afraid to or don't know how to report it.

What's It Like to Have a Serial Killer for a Dad?

Melissa Moore struggles to reconcile the normal experiences of growing up with her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, with the realization that he was also the Happy Face serial killer. And she wonders if being a psychopath could be hereditary.

Plain Language Replacing '10-Codes' in Many Police Jurisdictions

Police and fire departments across the U.S. are eliminating jargon like "10-4" in favor of every-day vernacular. And there's a good reason why.

Burke and Hare: Murderers for Money and Science

William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

Is It OK to Secretly Record Workplace Conversations?

Omarosa did it, but does that mean you can too — legally that is? A lot depends on which state you live in.

France Cracks Down on Catcalling

The new law is being hailed as a victory for women tired of being harassed on French streets.

Citizen's Arrest? Leave Collaring Criminals to the Cops

Ordinary citizens are allowed to make arrests in every U.S. state, but legal experts warn that it's a risky thing to do.

Why Do Ordinary People Commit Acts of Espionage?

Political ideology serves as a motivator for some people to commit espionage, but it's not the only factor at play when someone decides to spy.

What to Do If a Loved One Goes Missing

In the vast majority of cases, a child, parent, spouse or friend who goes missing returns home unharmed. But if they don't, would you know what to do first?

How Did 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Originate?

Stand Your Ground laws are controversial and exist in nearly half the states in the United States. But what exactly are they?

What Should You Do If There's an Active Shooter in the Office?

An active shooter situation at work may not be common, but you should really know how you'd handle it before it happens.

Do Psychics Ever Really Break the Case?

Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

How Breaking a Nondisclosure Agreement Works

Nondisclosure agreements used to be stuffy legal documents reserved for safeguarding company secrets. Now they've been in the news as part of sexual harassment coverups. What are NDAs exactly and when can you break them legally?

What Is MS-13 and Why Is It So Scary?

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?

Inside the CIA's Treasure Trove of bin Laden Files

From public letters to anime porn, the 470,000 public files offer a window into the last years of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.


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