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Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 18

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week. On the criminal justice policy front: a new piece from the Marshall Project explores the role that violent offenders play in debates over mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. Although there is a broad political consensus around releasing more nonviolent offenders from prison and easing the sentencing laws that put them there, no such consensus exists when it comes to those convicted of “violent” crimes. In muckraker/watchdog reporting: a new piece from the Atlantic examines the case of Derrick Clay, a Colorado man who was...

Friday December 13, 2019

Eric Holder: William Barr is unfit to be attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., Washington Post Can We Fix Mass Incarceration Without Including Violent Offenders? Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project Anyone’s Son Wudan Yan, Longreads Dallas Has Been Dispatching Social Workers to Some 911 Calls. It’s Working. Lucas Manfield, Dallas Observer Appeals Court Weighs Authority Of Missouri Prosecutors To Correct Wrongful Convictions Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio To bring a boy’s murderers to justice, a prosecutor wrestled with his own childhood abuse Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times A Florida inmate...

Thursday December 12, 2019

Who Gets to Live and Die When the State Relies on False Testimony in Death Penalty Cases? Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly Four died in a shootout with police after a UPS truck was hijacked. Could it have been avoided? Reis Thebault and Marisa Iati, Washington Post Louisiana’s life without parole sentencing the nation’s highest – and some say that should change Lea Skene, The Advocate His Appeal in Louisiana Was a Sham Proceeding. But the High Court Won’t Review the Case. Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem...

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Violent Protests and Free Speech: Who’s to Blame for an Officer’s Injuries? Adam Liptak, New York Times These Cops are Supposed to Protect Rural Villages. They’re in the Suburbs Instead. (Alaska) Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica/Anchorage Daily News Cause of Death: Undetermined (Mississippi) Michelle Liu, Mississippi Today Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool? Ken Armstrong and Christian Sheckler, ProPublica/South Bend Tribune Prosecutors Can Right Past Wrongs – if Only the System Lets Them Nina Morrison and Somil Trivedi, The Appeal 50 years ago, LAPD raided the Black Panthers....

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Supreme Court Won’t Allow Federal Executions to Resume Adam Liptak, New York Times Why the Supreme Court Rebuked the Trump Administration’s Quest for Speedy Executions Mark Joseph Stern, Slate When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence Paul Tullis, The Atlantic California Is Letting Thousands of Prisoners Out Early. Its Housing Crisis Is Keeping Them From Starting Over. Marisa Endicott, Mother Jones When a DNA Test Says You’re a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away Heather Murphy, New York Times ‘Scot-Free’: What Happens When Prosecutors Behave Badly Cara Bayles, Law360

Monday December 9, 2019

The Cops Are Culture Warriors Melissa Gira Grant, New Republic ‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’ Joseph Goldstein and Ashley Southall, New York Times One City’s Struggle to Police the Police (New Jersey) Dax-Devlon Ross, Washington Post Magazine As Support for Capital Punishment Wanes, an Ohio DA Continues to Push for Death Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal 4 dead after hijacked UPS truck leads police on high-speed chase in Florida, FBI says Kristin Lam, USA Today The UPS hijacking ended in a hail of bullets in rush-hour traffic. Police...