These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year (South Carolina) Joseph Cranney, ProPublica

92% black or Latino: the California laws that keep minorities in prison Abené Clayton, The Guardian

5 Days in Jail (Louisiana) Kira Akerman, The Atlantic

Private prisons face an uncertain future as states turn their backs on the industry Catherine Kim, Vox

Community Policing is Not the Answer Philip McHarris, The Appeal

The ‘Critical Lawyer’: The Rise of a New Generation of Legal Advocates Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

In Missouri, Public Defenders Push to Put Poor Defendants on Wait List in Attempt to Improve Their Legal Representation Lauren Gill, The Appeal

Day 1: How one woman’s story depicts Oklahoma’s struggle with fines, fees and costs in the justice system Corey Jones, Tulsa World

With Prison Staff Shortage, Oklahoma Looks to Hire Teenagers as Guards Trevor Brown, Oklahoma Watch

Portland police more likely to arrest, search black people than white, analysis shows Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian

Car burglaries in some California cities are at crisis levels. Prosecutors say their hands are tied Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

Every year, police chiefs ask for more data on racial profiling report. So why are they blocking it? Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Hate crimes rare in Florida. But only because many police fail to report them accurately Jack Brook, Miami Herald