PM Stories

COVID-19 and the Case for Prison Abolition Meera Santhanam, Chicago Maroon

California’s tough-on-crime movement runs into coronavirus, Floyd activism Jeremy B. White, Politico

About 20% of NJ Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus Tracey Tully, New York Times

‘Dozens of Prisons’ Targeted in COVID-19 Civil Rights Lawsuits Michael Gelb, The Crime Report

‘I’m going to die’: What it’s like inside a federal prison where 70% have coronavirus (Texas) Tanya Eiserer and Jason Trahan, WFAA

COVID-19 spike causes ‘near-shutdown’ of criminal justice system John A. Torres, Florida Today

Only 7 spectators to be allowed in death penalty murder trial for Fort Worth shooting Mitch Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

NYC’s 1st Pandemic Jury Trial: Masks, Murmurs, Wary Jurors Frank G. Runyeon, Law360

Justice Department sets execution date for only Native American on death row Jeff Mordock, Washington Times

The Navajo Nation Opposed His Execution. The US Plans to Do It Anyway. (2019) Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project

The Governor Can Demand to Know the Truth in Two Death Penalty Cases (Tennessee) Steven Hale, Nashville Scene

‘Hidden Brain’: How Psychology Was Misused In Teen’s Murder Case Shankar Vedantam, Texas Public Radio

Old Convictions, New Science (2016) Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

‘Get rid of prisons’: artist Stanley Whitney speaks out against US judicial system in online show Gareth Harris, Art Newspaper

An Incomplete History of Muralism at Rikers Island Parker Field, Brooklyn Rail

AM Stories

The President’s Private Army Elizabeth Goitein, Brennan Center for Justice

William Barr Defends Federal Deployments to Break Up Protests in Tense Hearing Sadie Gurman, Wall Street Journal

From the Start, Federal Agents Demanded a Role in Suppressing Anti-Racism Protests Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Sergio Olmos, Mike Baker, and Adam Goldman, New York Times

“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights Dara Lind, ProPublica

Videos Appear To Show Federal Officers Shooting And Macing Reporters And Legal Observers, Despite A Judge’s Order Zoe Tillman, BuzzFeed News

NYPD’s Use of Unmarked Van in Arrest Draws Parallels to Portland Mihir Zaveri, New York Times

A Heist on Time and a Half: Inside the Most Corrupt Police Squad in the Nation (Baltimore, MD) Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg, CrimeReads

Boiling Point: Use Of Force Is Embedded In Arizona’s History Matthew Casey, KJZZ

‘One of the worst police departments in the country’: Reign of brutality brings a reckoning in Springfield (Massachusetts) Dugan Arnett and Laura Crimaldi, Boston Globe

Reform Prosecutor in Kansas Excluded From “Objective” Task Force on Policing Jordan Smith, The Intercept

LAPD Officers Charged With Falsifying Gang Records May Upend Criminal Cases City News Service

A Brief History of Dangerous Others Richard Kreitner and Rick Perlstein, New York Review of Books

An Embattled President. A Mass Movement. A Military Used Against Citizens. We’ve Been Here Before. Lawrence Roberts, Mother Jones

Protesters Seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor Have to Convince a Mitch McConnell Protégé Pema Levy, Mother Jones