Sarah Childress

Series Senior Editor

How States and Cities Are Bracing for the Next Disaster
The threat from disasters may be growing, but preparations in many states are still hamstrung by politics, money and red tape.
May 24, 2016
Will Missouri Be the Next State with a Voter ID Law?
Missouri’s initiative comes as voters in 10 other states will face stricter ID requirements for the first time in a presidential election.
May 12, 2016
Do Cops in Schools Know How To Police Kids?
There's still no national standards or training for officers who walk school hallways.
May 4, 2016
Five Officers Plead Guilty in Post-Katrina Shootings
Had prosecutors not engaged in misconduct, the officers' sentences would have been four to five times longer.
April 20, 2016
How States Are Moving to Police Bad Cops
With police departments under scrutiny in the wake of high-profile shootings, some states are tightening laws to keep problem officers off the streets.
April 8, 2016
How Newark’s Police Reform Deal Breaks with the Past
Newark's police reform deal is a new model. The question is whether it will work.
March 31, 2016
Veterans Face Greater Risks Amid Opioid Crisis
Veterans' chronic pain from battlefield injuries has become a double-edged threat.
March 28, 2016
Why Trump's Violent Rhetoric Is Protected Speech
Trump's words may offend, but they're still considered protected free speech. Here's why.
March 14, 2016
Is the U.S. "Failing" Migrant Children Fleeing Violence?
Children who slip through the cracks risk falling prey to traffickers in the U.S. or being sent back to countries plagued by violence.
March 7, 2016
How the Heroin Epidemic Differs in Communities of Color
Overdose deaths are on the rise in communities of color, too, with devastating effects.
February 23, 2016
Could Ferguson Win Its Case Against the Justice Department?
Federal officials have twice failed to force reforms on a police department. Will Ferguson be next?
February 11, 2016
Maryland Votes to Expand Felons’ Voting Rights
The vote, which overturns a veto from the governor, is the most significant expansion of voting rights for felons in recent years.
February 9, 2016