Josh Tepfer has helped exonerate 288 people, many of whom were convicted based on patterns of misconduct by corrupt police or officials.
Some of the victims dreamed of becoming veterinarians, marine biologists, artists, or teachers in the same schools where they died. Others never lived long enough to discover their unique talents.
Progressive Prosecutors Won In Midterm Elections Across The US In Spite Of Tough-On-Crime Rhetoric From Republicans
Crime was among the top issues on voters' minds on Tuesday, but in many cities they still opted for candidates aiming to reform the criminal justice system.
“Tough on crime” rhetoric may be effective for political campaigns, but researchers and experts told BuzzFeed News it doesn’t match up with reality.
“It’s hurting me that my parents aren't here to celebrate with me, but I’m grateful,” Gamalier Rivera said after spending 22 years in prison.
Seven People Who’ve Served Decades In Prison Had Their Murder Convictions Overturned Over Alleged Abuse By A Chicago Cop
“I’m sorry,” one judge told a man who’d served 22 years for murder before his conviction was overturned.
Two More Men Convicted Of Murder Have Been Exonerated After 23 Years In Prison Due To Allegations Of Police Misconduct
“I want to scream to the world,” one of their sisters told BuzzFeed News.
“Can You Imagine Waking Up Next To Her Every Day?”: A Chicago Judge Disparaged An Attorney On A Hot Mic
The recording, the lawyer said, “shows what some of us already know: that there's this chumminess that goes on behind closed doors and makes you wonder whether cases are being heard on the merits or for some other reason.”
“Protected Again And Again”: How A Fencer Made It To The Tokyo Olympics Despite Sexual Assault Allegations
The US Center for SafeSport was tasked with investigating sexual abuse claims at Olympic programs. But in the first Summer Games since the agency’s creation, Team USA fencers say the system failed them.
In crowded cells, where COVID is running rampant, appeals for clemency for thousands of prisoners have gone unanswered or flat-out rejected.
The Capitol Siege Wasn’t Institutional Failure. It Was Exactly How American Policing Was Meant To Work.
If you haven’t heard of “bluelining,” you saw it on Capitol Hill.
Police in the US have not gone more than two days without fatally shooting someone since 2015.
Police unions have become increasingly rightwing as a backlash to the Obama administration and Black Lives Matter — and that’s bad news for the cities they police.
Roosevelt Myles, who was convicted of a murder in 1996, was awarded a new hearing in 2000 but didn’t get it until now.
More Than 50 People Say This Cop Framed Them For Murder. Now Prosecutors Are Going To Review His Cases.
Prosecutors in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office are launching a “comprehensive review” of retired detective Reynaldo Guevara’s cases, which could lead to a mass exoneration.
"How Am I Going To Survive?": A Costco Meatpacking Worker Speaks Of Her Fears As She And Others Labor To Keep Chicken In Stores
As concerns about a meat shortage mount, a meatpacking worker discusses her fear of getting the coronavirus while still needing to work.
The pandemic has stretched this New Mexico domestic violence shelter down to its last dollar. Its executive director and staff are doing all they can to keep the doors open amid a spike in people needing services.
In a harrowing video, David Sell describes his experience in a situation that health experts say is a “tinderbox” just waiting to ignite.
One inmate who claims he was framed for murder said he fears he could get sick and die in prison before he gets his day in court.
Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and others call for a pause on immigration hearings for children — but the alternative poses serious problems too.