Can Self-Defense Laws Stand Up to a Country Awash in Guns? Shaila Dewan, New York Times

The Complex Task Facing the Kyle Rittenhouse Jury Paige Williams, The New Yorker

Kyle Rittenhouse Doesn’t Need to Be Acquitted to Win Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones

The Real Danger of the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Aymann Ismail, Slate

Leaked Documents Show Police Officers on Supposed Oath Keepers Rosters Sharon Zhang, Truthout

He’s a Texas County’s Top Law Enforcement Official. What’s His Name Doing on an Oath Keeper Roster? Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone

Texas police search thousands of drivers and find nothing. Here’s where it’s done the most. St. John Barned-Smith and Eric Dexheimer, Houston Chronicle

Baltimore crime victims say police illegally seized their phones Cyrus Farivar, NBC News

They Publicized Prosecutors’ Misconduct. The Blowback Was Swift. Jonah E. Bromwich, New York Times

Why Albuquerque’s latest experiment in policing doesn’t involve officers Henry Gass, Christian Science Monitor

Where “Defund” Isn’t Dead Bryce Covert, The Nation

Here’s what Chesa Boudin’s detractors get wrong about crime Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle

Ersie Joyner is being hailed as a hero. The truth is more complicated than that Keenan Norris, San Francisco Chronicle

Mainstream Media Backs the Carceral State in Their Coverage David Greenwald, Davis Vanguard

In face of violent crime and COVID trauma, nation can’t fall into overincarceration trap Robin Steinberg, USA Today

Florida’s prisons stuck in 19th century Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel

Problems at DC Jail Were Ignored Until Jan. 6 Defendants Came Along Alan Feuer, New York Times

Only a Death-Row Prisoner Could Make the Supreme Court Skeptical of a Religious Freedom Claim Matt Ford, New Republic

In Death Penalty Cases, an Impatient Supreme Court Adam Liptak, New York Times

Despite a Botched Execution and Concerns Over Innocence, Oklahoma Prepares to Execute Julius Jones Liliana Segura, The Intercept

Secrets of the Death Chamber Chiara Eisner, The State

On Rikers Island, a Doctor Who Tends to the Oldest and Sickest Ted Alcorn, New York Times

A man has spent 43 years in prison for a triple murder. He says he’s innocent and prosecutors agree Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN

Homer Plessy’s Arrest in 1892 Led to a Landmark Ruling. Now He May Get Justice. Rick Rojas, New York Times

North Carolina man pardoned after spending 24 years in prison for murder he didn’t commit Timothy Bella, Washington Post

To Catch a Turtle Thief Claire Fieseler, The Walrus

Want true crime without all the grisly details? Try a ‘cozy mystery’ NPR

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