PM Stories

How US Prisons Became Ground Zero for Covid-19 Taylor Miller Thomas, Politico

COVID-19 Pulls Back the Mask on America’s Prison System CJ Ciaramella, Reason

The View From Inside San Quentin State Prison Adamu Chan, Slate

Top medical officer for California prisons ousted amid worsening coronavirus outbreak Richard Winton and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times

Gov. Newsom: Sick Inmates ‘Should Not Have Been Transferred’ To San Quentin; Six Inmates Die Of COVID-19 Since Friday KPIX

Inmates Hunger Strike In Protest Of Coronavirus Measures (California) City News Service

Many Deaths at New York State Prisons Are Preventable, Review Finds Reuven Blau and Carson Kessler, The City

He was supposed to be in prison less than a year. Instead, he died after catching the coronavirus. Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune

New commission in three major cities targets past misconduct within criminal justice systems Taylor Romine and Lauren del Valle, CNN

The False Choice Between ‘Progressive’ and ‘Old-Fashioned’ Prosecutors Marc A. Levin, The Crime Report

Long imprisoned, man wins early release amid pandemic, but efforts to clear his name continue Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune

“I Hope Our Daughters Will Not Be Punished” Justine van der Leun, Dissent Magazine

Uncivil Commitment Judith Levine and Erica Meiners, n+1 Magazine

True Crime and the Trash Balance (2019) Soraya Roberts, Longreads

AM Stories

Have Americans Warmed to Calls to ‘Defund the Police’? Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

A Knee on All Americans Tim Lynch, Jurist

Policing Doesn’t Protect Women Isabel Cristo, New Republic

Do police union contracts inhibit reform? Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal

Yes, the last large-scale review of our criminal justice system was in 1965 Taylor Goldenstein, Houston Chronicle

Amid moment of reckoning, some police chiefs leave the job to someone else Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe

LAPD responds to a million 911 calls a year, but relatively few for violent crimes Joel Rubin and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times

LA County’s new $0 bail rule permits police to crack down on protesters, legal advocates say Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times

Police Agencies in New York and Los Angeles Drag Their Feet over Body Camera Footage and Misconduct Records Scott Shackford, Reason

Memo: NYPD Oversight Investigators’ Job Has Become “Untenable” Because Of Body Cam Backlog Sydney Pereira, Gothamist

NYPD’s Culture of Impunity Sees an Officer Repeatedly Accused of Physical and Sexual Abuse Rising Through the Ranks Tana Ganeva, The Intercept

After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance Tom Jackman, Washington Post