When Everything Is “Self-Defense” Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Judge Rejects Call for Mistrial in Case Against Men Accused of Killing Arbery Richard Fausset and Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times

Judges Keep Accepting Nonsensical Reasons to Exclude Black People From Juries Ladoris Hazzard Cordell, Slate

9 takeaways from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial closings Politico

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is being dissected on TikTok Rachel Lerman, Washington Post

500 Wisconsin Guard Troops Deployed Ahead of Rittenhouse Verdict Steve Beynon, Military.com

As Rittenhouse Awaits Verdict, Man Shot by Kenosha Officer Heals Slowly Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times

Four Lives Lost: Inside America’s Homicide Surge Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith, Neil MacFarquhar, Tim Arango, and Chloe Reynolds, New York Times

Police Have a Tool to Take Guns From Potential Shooters, but Many Aren’t Using It Dan Frosch and Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal

Americans’ conversation about police reform isn’t going away. Here’s an updated look. David Mastio, USA Today

The concrete effects of body cameras on police accountability Suat Cubukcu, Erdal Tekin, Nusret Sahin, and Volkan Topalli, The Conversation

Welcome to the Police Station, How May We Help You? Antonia Hitchens, New Yorker

Why are cops fighting vaccine mandates? Sonia Pruitt, CNN

COVID outbreak shuts down police academy Ally Jarmanning, WBUR

COVID-19 cases jump in Mass. jails and prisons after months of minimal spread Deborah Becker, WBUR

The people running Kansas prisons have never seen a staffing crisis this bad Blaise Mesa, KCUR

Durbin calls for Garland to remove federal prisons director Michael Balsamo, AP News

Insurrectionists’ jail complaints lead to overdue reform within DC’s jail system Christina Carrega and Hannah Rabinowitz, CNN

Alabama judge opposed to death penalty set for ethics trial Kim Chandler, Washington Post

What to know ahead of the execution of David Neal Cox, Mississippi’s first since 2012 Mina Corpuz, Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Kim Kardashian Outlines ‘Cold Machinery’ of Death Penalty Ahead of Julius Jones Execution Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek

The Price We Pay: Following the Money Behind Death Penalty Cases in Florida Tony Pipitone, NBC Miami

Court permits Newsom to consider clemency for convicted murderer, now a prison journalist Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

What Do We Do with the Work of Immoral Artists? Erin L. Thompson, Hyperallergic

Gaga, Gucci and prison ferrets: how true crime conquered the world Danny Leigh, The Guardian

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