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.