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Friday April 24, 2020

PM Stories How to Protect Civil Liberties in a Pandemic Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic The 470,000 Potential Voters Most Likely To Be Disenfranchised Next Election Eli Hager, The Marshall Project Confusion Hampers Coronavirus-Driven Inmate Releases Sadie Gurman and Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Wall Street Journal Federal prison system expands virus testing to find hidden asymptomatic infections Kevin Johnson, USA Today Law Enforcement Leaders Agree: Money Bail Has to End, Especially in a Pandemic Ronal Serpas and Taryn Merkl, The Appeal A Precedent Overturned Reveals a Supreme Court in Crisis...

Thursday April 23, 2020

PM Stories New York Rolled Back Bail Reform. What Will The Rest Of The Country Do? Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project New York Tried to Get Rid of Bail. Then the Backlash Came. Jamiles Lartey, Politico Magazine The Supreme Court’s War Over Jury Trials Could Change Everything Matt Ford, New Republic The Important First Amendment Principle Now at Risk Garrett Epps, The Atlantic LAPD will end controversial program that aimed to predict where crimes would occur Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times What You Need To Know About Predictive...

Wednesday April 22, 2020

PM Stories Oregon’s nonunanimous jury system struck down by US Supreme Court; could invalidate 100s of convictions Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian A Brief Criminal History of the Mask Melissa Gira Grant, New Republic A Shot in Hell (Nevada) Adam Weinstein, New Republic Is Domestic Violence Rising During the Coronavirus Shutdown? Here’s What the Data Shows. Weihua Li and Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project Murder at Sutton Place Christopher Bollen, Vanity Fair ‘A Tale of Two Countries’: Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests The Crime Report

Tuesday April 21, 2020

PM Stories To Protect and Serve, or Pilfer and Steal? Matt Ford, New Republic New York’s Latest Bail Law Changes Explained Taryn A. Merkl, Brennan Center for Justice In historic ruling, Supreme Court says state jury verdicts in serious criminal cases must be unanimous David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court Adam Liptak, New York Times After rioting shook Baltimore five years ago, some seeds of change were planted. Only a few took hold. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun

Monday April 20, 2020

“Prisons Are Microcosms of the Broader Society” Jonah Walters, Jacobin When Every Sentence is a Possible Death Sentence: Public Defenders Speak From the Front Lines About COVID-19 Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe and Ben Miller, Justice Collaborative Institute Greg Abbott’s Power Grab on Bail Reform Michael Barajas, Texas Observer Infection rate at Michigan prison exceeds New York, Chicago jail hot spots Angie Jackson and Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press DC jail inmates with coronavirus barred from access to lawyers, family, showers and changes of clothing, inspectors say Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post Safe to...

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 36

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week. On the criminal justice policy front: Politico reports that as the coronavirus spreads into the federal prison system, the Bureau of Prisons has moved to broaden the ranks of inmates eligible to be transferred into home confinement. The BOP is now allowing inmates who have yet to serve half of their sentences to be considered for early release. The New York Law Journal reports that 51 inmates held at Rikers Island on alleged parole violations have been approved for release; and a piece from the New Yorker focuses on parole...