Special Section:
New Thinking About Crime and Punishment


Responding to the need for change, at home and abroad

Suddenly, judges are free from mandatory sentencing rules that tied their hands for nearly 20 years.

Innocent people are being freed by DNA evidence, and lawyers are working to remove the legal restraints that still hamper the process of exoneration.

Experts are debating whether it's time for drug policy to break free from an approach that has emphasized punishment largely to the exclusion of other strategies.

Under the threat of terror, a new secretary of Homeland Security is trying to end old rivalries and turf wars that have prevented law enforcement agencies from cooperating effectively.

And, after a genocide, a shattered nation is breaking away from the need for revenge, and moving forward through a process of truth and reconciliation.

Unbound by old conventions, the teachers, students and lawyers of Harvard Law School are deciding what comes next.

The federal sentencing guidelines are dead. Long live the guidelines.

Guilty until proven innocent
A new student project could save the lives of the wrongfully convicted.

Putting together the pieces
After her people were slaughtered by neighbors, Geraldine Umugwaneza LL.M. '05 knows that forgiveness is elusive, but she is determined to help Rwanda move forward.

The guardian
Can a veteran prosecutor whip the Department of Homeland Security into shape? Michael Chertoff '78 has already started.

Is the war on drugs succeeding?
Drug use is down over the last 25 years, but a half million Americans are in prison for drug offenses. How should success be measured?