The Six Pack

The following stories are the same: 1. A family of three had moved to a small house in the woods...

How Is a Plea a Bargain?

“Horse trading determines who goes to jail and for how long. That’s what plea bargaining is. It is not some adjunct to...


You’re driving your car at night, going a cool 35mph in a 25mph zone on a residential street. The streetlights are sparse. The...

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Supreme Court Won’t Allow Federal Executions to Resume Adam Liptak, New York Times

Why the Supreme Court Rebuked the Trump Administration’s Quest for Speedy Executions Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence Paul Tullis, The Atlantic

California Is Letting Thousands of Prisoners Out Early. Its Housing Crisis Is Keeping Them From Starting Over. Marisa Endicott, Mother Jones

When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away Heather Murphy, New York Times

‘Scot-Free’: What Happens When Prosecutors Behave Badly Cara Bayles, Law360

After Miramar shootout leaves 4 dead, a community asks: Did police get it right? Aaron Leibowitz, Samantha Gross, and David Ovalle, Miami Herald

Ex-cop details NYPD ‘collar quotas’ – arrest black and Hispanic men, ‘no cuffs on soft targets’ of Jews, Asians, whites: court docs Stephen Rex Brown and Graham Rayman, New York Daily News

Black BART riders received more than half of citations for ‘eating or drinking’ in last three years Angela Ruggiero and Nico Savidge, Bay Area News Group

This Judge Is Married to the Sheriff. Ethics Complaints Have Piled Up. (South Carolina) Joseph Cranney, ProPublica

Chicago Police Torture: Explained Kelly Hayes, The Appeal

Soaring Female Population, Racial Disparities Drive State Incarceration Numbers The Crime Report

Accidental shootings by police expose training shortfalls Martha Bellisle, Associated Press

New York City Jail Costs Reach Record Level Ben Chapman, Wall Street Journal

He served 43 years for a murder he didn’t commit. Now he’s suing the county, sheriff and SBI. (North Carolina) Josh Shaffer, Raleigh News & Observer

High Crimes Story (with Podcast Reading)

The following piece was first published on the website for the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. It was written by the Miller Center’s Director and CEO, William Antholis, who is the brother of Crime Story’s Publisher and Editor, Kary Antholis. Impeachment is the central issue gripping the presidency today. 

RightWay Youth: Ernesto’s 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...