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A broken window and a gun led to the death of James Scurlock outside a bar in Omaha. Then the search for justice began.

Chicago shows that the best way to keep young people out of jail is to make sure they’re staying busy

A graduation ceremony at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in Bradley, IL. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images


How many people have to die before we take sexism seriously?

A view of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’s home on July 20, 2020 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

M received a protective order against her emotionally and physically abusive partner. But Puerto Rican police didn’t enforce it. Photos: Erika P. Rodriguez

After Hurricane Maria, the number of women killed by their partners doubled. Survivors say the government’s misguided response has put more lives in danger.

Freakonomics Radio

The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.

An older “grid” style prison cell block.
An older “grid” style prison cell block.
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The influx of federal funds will do little more than highlight the state’s chronic political dysfunction

U.S. Attorney General William Barr wears a traditional Alaska Native kuspuk while talking with village police officers in Napaskiak, Alaska. Photo: Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News

The college admissions scandal highlights the racial disparities in sentencing for white-collar fraud

John Vandemoer leaving court in Boston. Credit: Boston Globe/Getty Images

A former Baltimore cop explains why police reforms aren’t to blame for the recent rise in crime

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The crime writer opens up about his mother’s murder, his love of dogs, and his new novel, This Storm. Just don’t ask him about Donald Trump.

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