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Wednesday May 20, 2020

PM Stories Missouri Just Became the First State to Execute an Inmate During the Pandemic Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones Missouri prosecutors’ unit that tried inmate scheduled to die is linked to wrongful convictions, Innocence Project says Erin Donaghue, CBS News Capital Punishment and the ‘Culture’ of Revenge Isidoro Rodriguez, The Crime Report Why We Shouldn’t Reward Fearmongering in Criminal Justice Reporting Zachary A. Siegel and Leo Beletsky, The Appeal Washington Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Automatically Cleared Criminal Records Rachel M. Cohen, The Appeal 10 Ways a...

Tuesday May 19, 2020

PM Stories Black doesn’t mean criminal. Conservatives should know that by now. Shermichael Singleton, Washington Post White Witness and the Contemporary Lynching Zoé Samudzi, New Republic Months After Louisville Police Kill Woman in Her Home, Governor Calls for Review Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times A criminal law expert explains why arrests take so long in cases like Ahmaud Arbery’s and Breonna Taylor’s Fabiola Cineas, Vox Louisville police make major changes to policies in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death Tessa Duvall and Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal

Monday May 18, 2020

PM Stories Georgia man freed after 43 years for crime he denies committing Bill Rankin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Court clears way for Tuesday execution of Missouri man who claims innocence in murder Luke Nozicka, Kansas City Star The Breonna Taylor Shooting Shows How Reckless Drug War Tactics Lead to Senseless Deaths Jacob Sullum, Reason Minute by minute: What happened the night Louisville police fatally shot Breonna Taylor Darcy Costello and Tessa Duvall, USA Today More Than 50 People Say This Cop Framed Them For Murder. Now Prosecutors Are Going To Review His Cases....

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 40

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week. On the criminal justice policy front: The Intercept reports that even as COVID-19 continues to spread through America’s prisons and jails, relatively few inmates have actually been released. Overall, the US prison population dropped by only 1.6% in the first three months of this year – a difference of 20,000 people in a system that incarcerates nearly 1.3 million. A piece for the Appeal by Cristine Soto DeBerry, San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin’s chief of staff, offers a successful model for decarceration...

Friday May 15, 2020

PM Stories The Troubling History of the Georgia Bureau Now Investigating the Ahmaud Arbery Cover-Up Akela Lacy, The Intercept Will Ahmaud Arbery’s killing change Georgia law? Vox In Florida, felons must pay court debts before they can vote. But with no system to do so, many have found it impossible. Amy Gardner and Lori Rozsa, Washington Post Hundreds of Oregon’s nonunanimous jury convictions should be reversed, state justice officials say Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian A Vestige of Bigotry (2017) Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project Only A Mile And...

Thursday May 14, 2020

PM Stories The First Execution of the Pandemic Austin Sarat, Slate Days before Missouri man’s execution, jurors see new evidence that raises doubts Luke Nozicka, Kansas City Star Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past George Yancy, New York Times Ex-detective charged in death of Ahmaud Arbery lost power to make arrests after skipping use-of-force training Michael Brice-Saddler and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post Columbus murder suspect granted new trial could walk free after 43 years in prison (Georgia) Tim Chitwood, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer