South Carolina Inmate May Have Used Drone in Prison Escape, Officials Say

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI July 7, 2017 Jimmy Causey escaped from a South Carolina prison this week, but his methods this time around were far more high-tech than they were a dozen years ago, when he broke free from another maximum-security state prison. The authorities in...

An Addict, a Confessed Killer and Now a Debut Author

By ALEXANDRA ALTER July 2, 2017 COLDWATER, Mich. — One October night in 2004, Curtis Dawkins smoked crack, dressed up for Halloween in a gangster costume and terrorized a household, killing one man and taking another hostage in a rampage that drew 24 patrol officers...

Inmates Come to Georgia Deputy’s Rescue After He Collapses

By SOPAN DEB June 22, 2017 Johnny Moats, the sheriff of Polk County, Ga., received what can be a nightmarish call for a law enforcement officer on June 12 from one of his deputies. Officer down. He rushed to Floyd Medical Center in nearby Rome. “I was kind of shocked,...

He Sued Police 75 Times. Democrats Want Him as Philadelphia’s Top Prosecutor.

By ALAN FEUER June 17, 2017 PHILADELPHIA — Larry Krasner has sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times. He has promised not to seek the death penalty. He has even called law enforcement “systemically racist.” Now, in a twist that would promote the gadfly to the...

Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product

By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE June 11, 2017 The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses, subways and in glossy magazines, with portraits of attractive men and women and a simple question in bold letters: What is Vivitrol? Five years ago, Vivitrol was a...

Maine’s Governor Wants Inmates to Fill Jobs, Not Prison Beds

By JESS BIDGOOD June 1, 2017 Paul R. LePage, the brash and deeply conservative governor of Maine, has never been seen as an advocate of loosening punishments for criminals. He once joked that drug dealers should be publicly executed. He has seemed, at times, to...