PM Stories

Missouri Just Became the First State to Execute an Inmate During the Pandemic Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones

Missouri prosecutors’ unit that tried inmate scheduled to die is linked to wrongful convictions, Innocence Project says Erin Donaghue, CBS News

Capital Punishment and the ‘Culture’ of Revenge Isidoro Rodriguez, The Crime Report

Why We Shouldn’t Reward Fearmongering in Criminal Justice Reporting Zachary A. Siegel and Leo Beletsky, The Appeal

Washington Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Automatically Cleared Criminal Records Rachel M. Cohen, The Appeal

10 Ways a Roadside Police Stop Can Go Wrong Jacob Sullum, Reason

How Police Turn Teens Into Informants Barry Lam, Slate

Conviction integrity units working to exonerate the wrongfully convicted (Part 1) and (Part 2) NBC News

How the “Stranger Danger” Panic of the 1980s Helped Give Rise to Mass Incarceration Meagan Day, Jacobin

The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob (2005) Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly

Watch a Film About California’s Prison System by Sterling Ruby Belle Hutton, Another Magazine

Sterling Ruby’s Aerial Portrait of California’s Endless Prison System (2019) Sophie Bew, Another Magazine

AM Stories

Across US, COVID-19 takes a hidden toll behind bars Peter Eisler, Linda So, Ned Parker, and Brad Heath, Reuters

We Have No Idea How Many People in Prison Actually Have COVID-19 Mia Armstrong, Slate

SF federal prosecutor eases rules for sick inmates seeking early release Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Isolation, Death, and Grief at a New York Women’s Prison Lyra Walsh Fuchs, The Appeal

A Detainee at Rikers Island Was Cleared for Release Because of the Coronavirus. Six Weeks Later, He’s Still in Jail. Natasha Lennard, The Intercept

Solitary Confinement – Where is the New York Legislature? Anisah Sabur, Norwood News

Despite pandemic, sheriff continues booking suspects on minor, nonviolent offenses Kelly Davis, Lauryn Schroeder, and Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

Wrongfully Convicted Man Hopes For Release As Coronavirus Hits Prisons (Pennsylvania) NBC News/YouTube

State’s Attorney has contested vast majority of bond motions since COVID-19 (Illinois) John Seasly, Injustice Watch

A Coronavirus Turf War in Klickitat County Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

The Deranged Civic Religion of the Lockdown Protestors Libby Watson, New Republic

Is Anywhere Safe for a Jury Trial During the Covid-19 Pandemic? Try a School Gym. Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Wall Street Journal

Amid pandemic, crime dropped in many US cities, but not all Tom Jackman, Washington Post

COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern Kimberlee Kruesi, AP News