PM Stories

A rural Northern California county had few COVID-19 cases, until an inmate transfer led to a large prison outbreak Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times

San Quentin Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike Amid Massive COVID-19 Outbreak Kira Lerner, The Appeal

Local lawmakers blast California officials for San Quentin COVID-19 Outbreak Don Thompson, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

COVID-19 No Excuse for Ignoring Rights of the Incarcerated: Paper Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

These Women Received a Death Sentence for Being Sick In Prison CJ Ciaramella, Reason

Should Billy Joe Wardlow Be Executed For a Crime Committed When He Was Eighteen? Lincoln Caplan, The New Yorker

What Prison Abolition Actually Looks Like Barry Lam, Slate

Want to Reform the Criminal Justice System? End the Drug War. John Stossel, Reason

Marijuana Laws ‘Central’ to Justice Reform, Advocates Say The Crime Report

Prosecutors in three cities launch commissions for victims of unjust policing and prosecution Tom Jackman, Washington Post

‘Dramatic’ Reforms to Pretrial Practice Triggered by Pandemic: Survey Michael Gelb, The Crime Report

In the ‘Blackest city in America,’ a fight to end facial recognition Alfred Ng, CNET 

San Francisco police to stop releasing suspect mug shots in effort to prevent racial bias Alejandro Serrano and Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Virtual Criminal Justice May Make the System More Equitable Lucy Lang, Wired

Liz Garbus Is Taking Back the Voices Stolen by the Golden State Killer Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times

AM Stories

Why Statistics Don’t Capture The Full Extent Of The Systemic Bias In Policing Laura Bronner, FiveThirtyEight

Police Punish the ‘Good Apples’ Musa al-Gharbi, The Atlantic

Defund the Sheriffs, Too Melissa Batchelor Warnke, New Republic

Standing Their Ground in Well-Manicured Yards Adam Weinstein, The New Republic

A tale of two men protecting their families with guns. Meet the one behind bars. Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Those gun-toting homeowners in St. Louis are what gun ownership in America looks like Philip Bump, Washington Post

In LA, Black activists debate the value of dialogue with police in reform efforts Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times

As social unrest swept LA a curious trend emerged: Calls for police plunged Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Council Poised to Cut $150 Million from Police Budget City News Service

Judge in Floyd Murder Case Warns of Tainted Jury Pool Andy Monserud, Courthouse News

Journalists are reexamining their reliance on a longtime source: The police Paul Farhi and Elahe Izadi, Washington Post

Did “Live PD” Let Police Censor Footage? Cary Aspinwall and Sachi McClendon, The Marshall Project

Jacklean Davis Was The First Black Woman To Serve As a Homicide Detective in New Orleans. Did A Now Disbarred Prosecutor Bring About Her Fall? Ethan Brown, The Appeal