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Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?
A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.
Research shows that nicotine residue lingering in furniture and carpets may be hazardous to kids. Could that mean legal action for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants?
The TSA can open your checked bags at an airport. But how deep can they dig into electronic devices they find inside?
The divisive serial comma finally got its day in court—it was glorious.
Antarctica belongs to no one nation. So what happens in the event of a crime?
While the press often gets a beating from the public and politicians, journalists have brought to national attention lots of issues that would otherwise remain hidden.
The U.S. has thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement. But experts are now saying it does more harm than good.
Guy walks into a bar looking for a fight. When is it legal and illegal to clock him?
Companies are actually hoping you won't read these 8,000-word documents before you click "agree." But why?
According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.
Good Samaritan laws are intended to protect you from a lawsuit if you help strangers during an emergency. But they may not protect you in every situation.
Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.
Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?
Thousands of Saudi women signed a petition that seeks the end of the country's male guardianship system. How does that system affect Saudi women now?
Inmates have been using cigarettes as currency for more than a century in U.S. prisons. So what's behind the switch to ramen cups at one prison?
The Supreme Court has ruled in a big Fourth Amendment case that under certain circumstances, evidence found during an illegal stop could be used in legal proceedings.
The nose knows, apparently. A new study suggests smells associated with emotional events like a crime could be just as reliable as eyewitness accounts. So, nosewitnesses?
A former undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security explains how terrorists could use virtual reality to train for strikes.
With more drug companies refusing to allow their drugs to be used in executions, states have turned to riskier pharmaceuticals.
Bigoted requests aren't as rare as you might think in hospitals. It's also not rare for hospitals to accommodate such requests. Why?
After nearly two decades as a judge, the Supreme Court nominee's record offers few clues as to where he stands on many social issues.
It's not quite what you'd expect, is it?
Free speech is one of America's most fiercely guarded freedoms, but that doesn't mean that citizens can say whatever they like with no threat of punishment. In several cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of limitations.
From 2011 to 2013, California released 33,000 prisoners early. One study measures the impact non-violent prisoner "realignment" has had on crimes rates in the state.
Can the U.S. President Ever Declare Martial Law?
June 2, 2020