Shaila Dewan

Shaila DewanSO3369Shaila Dewan has been a reporter at The Times since March 2000. Before that, she was a staff writer at the Houston Press, a weekly newspaper.
Ms. Dewan has won two Katie awards from the Press Club of Dallas and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Ms. Dewan was born in Houston, on October 4, 1971. She received a B.A. from Rice University in 1993. She currently lives in New York.

More Police Officers Facing Charges, but Few See Jail

What was once a rarity has now become increasingly common: police officers facing criminal charges in the deaths of civilians. In Albuquerque, two officers will stand trial in the death of a homeless man. In Cincinnati, a campus police officer has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man during a traffic stop. In Chicago, where a video captured the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of the police, an officer was charged with murder. But even as high-profile police shootings have attracted … [Read more...]

The Collateral Victims of Criminal Justice

Since the financial crisis, complaints that corporate wrongdoers suffer light penalties have become routine. One reason is the Department of Justice’s longstanding policy that prosecutors must consider the “collateral consequences” that pursuing a corporation might have on innocent employees, shareholders, pensioners and even the financial system at large. Amid public outrage, Congress has hauled in prosecutors to ask precisely how often collateral consequences have led them to give the banks a … [Read more...]

When Bail Is Out of Defendant’s Reach, Other Costs Mount

Dominick Torrence, who has lived in this city all his life, has a long rap sheet for dealing drugs but no history of violence. So when he was charged with disorderly conduct and rioting on April 28, a night of unrest after Freddie Gray was fatally injured in police custody, he was shocked to learn the amount he would need to make bail: $250,000, the same amount as two of the officers facing charges over Mr. Gray’s death. Although a bail bondsman would charge only a fraction of that, normally … [Read more...]