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RightWay Youth: James’ Story

A significant aspect of CRIME STORY’s mission is to draw attention to programs that have demonstrated success in helping stem the tide of over-incarceration. As part of...

Robert Durst Stares into the Camera (Durst 6)

This is the sixth in a series of articles about the hearings before the murder trial of Robert Durst. You may click on the hyperlinked titles to...

Tiny Evil, Rap and Gang Conspiracy

Editor's note: Later this week, the third trial of rapper Drakeo the Ruler on charges of profiting off of a gang conspiracy (California...

When Toilet Water Is the Only Relief

Kourtney, a fourteen-year-old inmate at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, didn’t want to go to bed. It was after 9 p.m. on July 1, 2018, and she was...

Thursday November 14, 2019

Hate-Crime Violence Hits 16-Year High, FBI Reports Adeel Hassan, New York Times

Hundreds of victims’ relatives, ex-officials ask Trump administration to halt federal executions Mark Berman, Washington Post

What I Think About When I Think About Freedom John J. Lennon, The Marshall Project

Can Restorative Justice Go Mainstream? Lauren Sonnenberg, The Crime Report

As execution nears, co-defendant says condemned man likely isn’t killer (Georgia) Joshua Sharpe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

He was one of the first prisoners released under Trump’s criminal justice reform law. Now he’s accused of murder. David Shortell and Jason Carroll, CNN

As prosecutors take larger role in reversing wrongful convictions, Philadelphia DA exonerates 10 men wrongly imprisoned for murder Tom Jackman, Washington Post

Can The Right Superintendent Fix What’s Wrong With Policing In Chicago? Chip Mitchell and Patrick Smith, WBEZ

Former public defender Rachel Rossi latest to enter crowded LA County DA’s race James Queally, Los Angeles Times

Audit: Inmates granted parole remain behind bars for longer over housing issues (Nevada) Riley Snyder, The Nevada Independent

Marijuana smell from cars is the least of the Philadelphia Police Department’s problems Editorial Board, Philadelphia Inquirer

Never-before-published letters, interviews offer clues in infamous Michigan murders Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press

How Bad Batch’s Laura Beil Became The Voice Of True Crime Podcasting Rose Minutaglio, Elle

How Octavia Spencer’s Truth Be Told tackles true crime and ‘wild West’ journalism Joey Nolfi and Patrick Gomez, Entertainment Weekly

Amanda Knox: The Case for E-carceration

…at least, for now. For years, my view of the outside world was reduced to what I could see out of one barred window: the barren stretches between prison buildings, the walls topped with barbed wire, and beyond, a line of cypress trees on a remote hill. One of my few joys was the rare sight of a wild rabbit scurrying through the grass in springtime...

RightWay Youth: James’ Story

A significant aspect of CRIME STORY’s mission is to draw attention to programs that have demonstrated success in helping stem the tide of over-incarceration. As part of that mission, we published The RightWay To Shut Off the Foster Care to Prison Pipeline by Sean Smith. That piece told the story of how the RightWay Foundation — based in Los Angeles — is working to address the core reasons why 25% of California’s recently emancipated foster youth are incarcerated within two years of emancipation. (This has become known as the Foster Care To Prison Pipeline.)  As a critical part of these efforts, the RightWay Foundation provides therapy for these youth to help them process their trauma and reclaim the narratives of their lives. In Sean’s piece, CRIME STORY and the RightWay Foundation announced the launch of a unique creative collaboration. Building off of their therapy efforts, and working closely with CRIME STORY journalists, a self-selected group of RightWay youth will craft narratives about their experiences in and out of the foster care system. These accounts will be published on the CRIME STORY website periodically.  This is one of those accounts; This...