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Monday December 2, 2019

There’s a Pattern of Police Unions Attacking People Who Call for Criminal Justice Reform, Especially When They Are Black Aaron Morrison, The Appeal Prepping for Parole Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker The Myth of Technology as Equalizer Sarah Lustbader, The Appeal Fingerprint Analysis is High-Stakes Work – But It Doesn’t Take Much to Qualify as an Expert Jordan Smith, The Intercept ICE set up a fake university, then arrested 250 people granted student visas Katie Mettler and Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post ‘Your Mission Is Justice’: A Prosecutor on Why She...

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 16

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week. On the criminal justice policy front: In honor of Thanksgiving, a new piece from the Washington Post highlights the cruel irony of pardoning turkeys for the cameras when nearly 14,000 federal inmates await long-overdue outcomes on backlogged clemency petitions. In muckraker/watchdog reporting: a piece from the New York Times focuses on the widening “tech gap” between prosecutors and public defenders, which can make it exceedingly difficult for underfunded public defenders’ offices to effectively represent their clients in court. And a piece from the New Republic examines the rural...

Thursday November 28, 2019

It’s time to stop pardoning turkeys Mark Osler, Washington Post How to Survive Death Row Elisabeth Garber-Paul, Rolling Stone Appalachia vs. the Carceral State Sam Adler-Bell, New Republic What mercy in the criminal justice system could look like Peter Marty, The Christian Century In a Louisiana Parish, Hundreds of Cases May Be Tainted By Sheriff’s Office Misconduct Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal West Virginia Inmates Will Be Charged by the Minute to Read E-Books on Tablets CJ Ciaramella, Reason Boston Dynamics’ ‘terrifying’ robotic dogs have been put to work...

Wednesday November 27, 2019

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times A White Officer Shoots a Black Colleague, Deepening a Racial Divide (St. Louis, Missouri) John Eligon, New York Times Broken Ground: Why America Keeps Building More Jails and What It Can Do Instead Chris Mai, Mikelina Belaineh, Ram Subramanian, and Jacob Kong-Brown, Vera Institute A Jury of One’s Peers Sonali Chakravarti, Boston Review Americans Now Support Life in Prison Over Death Penalty Jeffrey Jones, Gallup Arrested as teens,...

Tuesday November 26, 2019

These Prosecutors Promised Change. Their Power Is Being Stripped Away. Richard Oppel Jr., New York Times How This Prison Collaborated on a Larger-Than-Life Work of Art Celina Fang, The Marshall Project Through the Cracks: A stranger, a police shooting, and a small town’s silence (Colorado) Niki Turner and Susan Greene, Colorado Independent Gavin Newsom wants to close a California state prison. It won’t be easy Wes Venteicher, Sacramento Bee They send people to prison every day. Now, they are pledging to visit. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post My Father, His Crime and My Search...

Monday November 25, 2019

Imagine Being on Trial. With Exonerating Evidence Trapped on Your Phone. Kashmir Hill, New York Times The Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines Matthew Menendez, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Michael Crowley, and Noah Atchison, Brennan Center for Justice Why rural Americans struggle for equal justice Pamela Metzger, Dallas Morning News Why Do Rural Areas Keep Building New Jails? The Crime Report For Some Death Row Inmates, Kelley Henry Is the Last Line of Defense (Tennessee) Steven Hale, Nashville Scene ‘Constant injustice’: Missouri must fund and fix its broken public defender system Editorial...