CRIME STORY DAILY

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 28

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: A piece from the Huffington Post takes a deep dive into Los Angeles County’s contentious district attorney race. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the country; it accounts for almost a third of California’s incarcerated population. LA’s next DA will likely set the pace for criminal justice reform throughout the state and potentially across the country. On that note, USA Today reports that this week, incumbent DA Jackie Lacey moved to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County. Lacey’s office partnered with the nonprofit Code for America, which created an algorithm that identifies convictions eligible to be dismissed under Proposition 64, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in California in 2016.

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: A piece from the New York Times by Charles Blow examines Michael Bloomberg’s legacy as mayor of New York City and the lasting harm done by stop-and-frisk to the city’s minority communities. As recently resurfaced speeches reveal, Bloomberg’s justifications for the policy were blatantly and explicitly racist; he spoke candidly about “ninety-five percent of murderers” fitting the same description – “they are male, minorities, 16 to 25” – and about “minority neighborhoods” being “where all the crime is.” Blow writes that “what Bloomberg did as mayor amounted to a police occupation of minority neighborhoods, a terroristic pressure campaign, with little evidence that it was accomplishing the goal of sustained, long-term crime reduction.”  

In complex crime storytelling: A short-form documentary from The Marshall Project, “Anatomy of Hate,” revisits the 2015 shootings of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by their white neighbor Craig Hicks. The case made headlines around the world, sparking widespread outrage among Muslims when police labeled the killings a “parking dispute” rather than a bias-motivated attack. Five years later, the film examines the legal definition a “hate crime,” centering the question of whether the Chapel Hill murders meet that definition. And a piece from The Appeal focuses on the case of Tony Carruthers, a Tennessee man who was sentenced to death in 1996 on three counts of first-degree murder. After going through six court-appointed attorneys in two years, Carruthers was refused a seventh and forced to represent himself. If the state follows through on his execution, Carruthers’s case would be historic: “he would be the first person in nearly a century to be put to death after being forced to represent himself at trial.”

And in culture/true crime: The Los Angeles Times reviews “Yellow Bird,” a new book by Sierra Crane Murdoch that follows one woman’s investigation into the mysterious death of a North Dakota truck driver. That woman is Lissa Yellow Bird, a member of the MHA Nation Native American tribe located on central North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The truck driver was Kristopher Clarke, who disappeared in 2012 at the height of an oil boom that swept the reservation into a frenzy of activity. Crane’s account of Yellow Bird’s obsessive search for the killer is “ambitious and vast, encompassing tribal politics and family histories, trips to look for a corpse and catfishing text exchanges with a suspect.” And the Texas Observer interviews Alec Karakatsanis, a public defender-turned-civil rights lawyer whose new book of essays, “Usual Cruelty,” critiques “the blindness of his own profession, arguing that lawyers inside the criminal justice system – now desensitized to its everyday brutality – have largely helped preserve an architecture of injustice and cruelty.”

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 27

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: As the intense backlash against New York’s controversial new bail law continues, the New York Post reports that State Senate Democrats have held a series of closed-door meetings seeking to find a compromise. A new proposal backed by Governor Cuomo would entirely eliminate cash bail, but return judges’ leeway to hold suspects before trial. A piece from Slate focuses on the electoral success of criminal justice reform in the affluent suburbs of northern Virginia, where progressive prosecutors swept Democratic primary and general elections in November 2019. As American suburbs have become increasingly diverse in recent decades, the stereotype of “small-minded, cautious suburbanites” has come to seem out of date; as the Virginia prosecutors’ elections show, the traditional law-and-order rhetoric and fear-of-crime campaigns designed to thwart reform in suburban areas may no longer carry the same weight.

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: A piece from Washington Monthly focuses on Attorney General William Barr’s continued attacks on reformist prosecutors, whom he has repeatedly lambasted as “soft on crime.” Earlier this week, Barr’s Justice Department stepped in to overrule its own prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation in the case of Trump crony Roger Stone, who has been convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a congressional investigation. The piece highlights the hypocrisy inherent in this contrast between Barr’s stance on progressive prosecutors and his leniency towards Stone.

In complex crime storytelling: A piece from Rolling Stone focuses on the case of Rob Will, who was sentenced to death nearly 20 years ago for the murder of a sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas. Will’s trial and subsequent appeals were marred by errors, questionable testimony, and dubious tactics; yet despite considerable evidence supporting his innocence, federal procedural rules may bar him from a new trial.

And in culture/true crime: The Los Angeles Times reviews “Prison Truth,” a new book by the pioneering journalist William J. Drummond. Since 2012, Drummond has been an adviser to the San Quentin News, a newspaper published by inmates of California’s San Quentin State Prison. The book chronicles Drummond’s own story, along with “the remarkable efforts by San Quentin Prison inmates to document their circumstances — and in so doing, achieve rehabilitation through introspection and expression.” And Salon interviews the co-directors of Netflix’s new true-crime docuseries “The Pharmacist,” which recounts a father’s fight to solve the murder of his son. Previous docuseries from the duo have focused on Kalief Browder and Trayvon Martin.

Thursday February 13, 2020

Tuesday February 11, 2020

Amendment 4 won’t get fixed in Florida. Here’s why. Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times

Vote in Florida Primary May Be Undercut by ‘Byzantine Morass’ on Felon Rights The Crime Report

Three Texas inmates have died at the hands of prison officers as use of force continues to rise Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune

This ‘false memory’ expert has testified in hundreds of trials. Now she’s been hired by Harvey Weinstein Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times

Court fines and fees generate important revenue. But for some people, they’re an insurmountable hurdle. Juliette Rihl, Public Source

Florida prisons are gang-filled hellholes, but few who can fix them seem to care James V. Cook, Miami Herald

A Lack of Evidence Doesn’t Keep the New York Times From Declaring a ‘Spike in Crime’ Adam H. Johnson, The Appeal

Writing off more murder cases with no arrests boosted CPD’s big turnaround in homicide clearances Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times

Many Mississippi prisoners kept locked up past release dates due to housing shortage Michelle Liu, Mississippi Today

New, more progressive prosecutors are angering police, who warn approach will lead to chaos Marco della Cava, USA Today

Jurors swayed by racism in Texas death penalty case? Brandi Swicegood, Austin American-Statesman

Austin’s Sexual Assault Controversies Roil the District Attorney’s Race Sarah Marloff, Austin Chronicle

Alabama corrections plan: Burn it to the ground John Archibald, AL.com

Meet the Cops: Inside Donald Trump’s New Commission on Policing ShadowProof

The Journalist and the Murderers Randall Kennedy, New York Times

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 26

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: A piece from the Washington Post explains why Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, the unofficial kickoff to the presidential election cycle, are “even whiter than you think.” The state “practices a de facto form of racial disenfranchisement: a lifetime voting ban for anyone ever convicted of a felony.” Although just 4% of Iowa’s population is black, black people make up 26% of the state’s prison population. And a piece from the Atlantic questions why so many prisoners are kept in jail long after they should have been released: our moral judgment is hardwired to prioritize what someone has already done over what they have the potential to do.  

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: A piece by Colorado Public Radio investigates the deadly combination of factors that contribute to Colorado’s exceptionally high police-shooting rate, including the prevalence of guns, drug use, and aggressive police tactics. Cops there have shot someone once a week, on average, for the past six years. And a piece from New York Magazine examines the ongoing violence at Mississippi’s Parchman Farm state penitentiary, as well as the combination of factors – overcrowding, inhumane conditions, chronic understaffing and budget cuts – that contributed to the crisis: “Prisons are the way they are because we’ve allowed them, and even encouraged them, to become that way.”

In complex crime storytelling: A piece from NorthJersey.com and the Bergen Record recounts the capture of serial killer and rapist Khalil Wheeler-Weaver. Friends and family of the victims overcame police bias and shoddy investigative tactics to outsmart and eventually track down the killer. And a piece from the Los Angeles Times follows one woman’s desperate search for answers in the disappearance of her niece. Aubrey Dameron, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is one of thousands of indigenous women who have gone missing or were found murdered in recent years.

And in culture/true crime: The Nation interviews writer Emma Copley Eisenberg, whose new book The Third Rainbow Girl upends traditional true-crime tropes and pushes the boundaries of the genre. And the Washington Post reviews two new prime-time dramas, “Tommy” and “For Life,” that present fresh takes on the standard network crime show.

Thursday February 6, 2020

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Tuesday February 4, 2020

These Are the Prisons America Asked For Zak Cheney-Rice, New York Magazine

People Keep Dying in Mississippi Prisons, But The Governor Wants to Move On Liliana Segura, The Intercept

At Harvey Weinstein trial, prosecutors try to overcome image of a ‘harmless old man’ in court James Queally and Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times

Native women are vanishing across the US. Inside an aunt’s desperate search for her niece Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times

Virginia abolished parole 25 years ago. Now efforts to restore it are advancing. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post

Court fees hurt needy communities, don’t fund the system, report says: ‘We have more work to do’ Jacqueline DeRobertis, The Advocate

Meth, Guns And Aggressive Tactics Combine To Give Colorado One Of Nation’s Highest Police Shooting Rates Allison Sherry and Ben Markus, Colorado Public Radio

Virginia Prosecutors Call Death Penalty a ‘Failed Government Program’ The Crime Report

The judge whose bail requirements leave cash-strapped defendants in jail (Louisiana) Richard A. Webster, The Guardian

CPD using controversial facial recognition program that scans billions of photos from Facebook, other sites Tom Schuba, Chicago Sun-Times

Blockbuster DA Races Rock Big Texas Counties, From Austin to Houston Daniel Nichanian, The Appeal

I track murder cases that use the ‘gay panic defense,’ a controversial practice banned in 9 states W. Carsten Andresen, The Conversation

A Cancer Patient Stole Groceries Worth $109.63. She Was Sentenced to 10 Months. (Pennsylvania) Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times

Monday February 3, 2020

Why the Iowa caucuses are even whiter than you think Kira Lerner, Washington Post

Emotional debate on Colorado death penalty repeal culminates in historic vote Alex Burness, Denver Post

Chesa Boudin’s New Bail Policy Is Nation’s Most Progressive. It Also Reveals Persistence Of Tough-On-Crime Norms. Colin Doyle, The Appeal

The Justice Department Wades Into New York Bail Reform Fight With Federal Hate Crime Charges Over Slapping Scott Shackford, Reason

Trump administration launches task force on missing, murdered indigenous peoples: ‘Operation Lady Justice’ Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News

The New Majority Behind Sex Work Decriminalization Melissa Gira Grant, New Republic

Jackie Lacey Met Her Progressive Challengers On Stage For The First Time, And It Was Explosive Eliyahu Kamisher, The Appeal

Alabama Prison Overhaul Requires More Spending, Inmate Education: Panel The Crime Report

Chicago police announce major restructuring, moving detectives and specialized cops to patrol districts to take on violence Annie Sweeney and Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune

Charleston police disproportionately pull over black drivers. Here’s the plan to fix it. (South Carolina) Gregory Yee, Post and Courier

Fotis Dulos is dead, leaving behind the mystery of what happened to Jennifer Farber Dulos (Connecticut) Dave Altimari, Amanda Blanco, and Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant

The Vibrant (and Still Illegal) Sports Gambling Scene That Exists Behind Bars John J. Lennon, Sports Illustrated

Game of Phones Olethus Hill Jr., The Marshall Project

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 25

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: As the debate over New York’s new bail law rages on, a New York Times editorial by Emily Bazelon and the Vera Institute’s Insha Rahman makes a case for “sticking with bail reform.” The new law makes release before trial automatic for people accused of most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, which make up roughly 90% of arrests. Bazelon and Rahman argue that the law “has the potential to end mass incarceration as we know it in New York, with an anticipated drop in the jail population statewide of 40%. It deserves a chance to prove itself.” And Slate reports that last Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court – a “laboratory of judicial conservativism since 2019” – voted to let judges impose the death penalty without the unanimous recommendation of a jury, overturning a landmark precedent and “remov[ing] a significant safeguard for the just application of the death penalty.”

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: A piece from The Bitter Southerner takes readers inside the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola Prison, the largest maximum-security prison in the country and “mass incarceration’s ground zero.” And a series of articles from California Sunday Magazine tackles the subject of facial recognition, the “controversial and nearly ever-present technology that could replace the fingerprint.” The pieces provide a comprehensive look into how facial recognition works, how and why law enforcement agencies utilize the technology, the backlash against facial recognition and the push to increase regulations and restrictions on its use.

In complex crime storytelling: A piece from the New York Times looks at the tragic case of Khiel Coppin and Na’im Owens, two brothers from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, both of whom were fatally shot by New York City police in separate incidents seven years apart.

And in culture/true crime: A piece from Mic examines and interrogates the popularity of true-crime dramas like HBO’s “I Love You, Now Die.” Although true-crime entertainment can often serve to “shine a much-needed light on injustice,” it also tends to flatten or oversimplify complex issues, turning real-life tragedy into a mass-media frenzy of hardline opinions and virtue signaling. And a new study by the nonprofit Color of Change examines the impact of the ubiquitous TV cop drama on white Americans’ perceptions of crime. Reviewing more than 350 episodes from 26 different programs, the study provides a fascinatingly detailed look at the ways in which these shows influence the public imagination when it comes to crime and law enforcement, essentially functioning as propagandists for American cops.

Friday January 31, 2020

Wednesday January 29, 2020

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 24

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: A piece for the New York Times by Emily Bazelon dives deep into the issue of non-unanimous juries. Last October, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not split verdicts violate the Constitution; its decision is expected in the coming weeks or months. Bazelon examines the issue through the lens of specific cases: people who were exonerated, after convictions by non-unanimous juries, and the jurors who believed in their innocence all along. “If the justices end the practice,” she writes, “they will finally close a chapter in American jurisprudence, in which two states — because of laws based in discrimination — have for decades been allowed to disregard a fundamental premise of our legal system.”

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: In a piece for the New York Times, Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” reflects on the ten years since the book’s publication. She locates the injustices of the current moment – Trumpism, xenophobia, mass deportation – in a broader historical context, as just one manifestation of the same racial and political dynamics that fueled the War on Drugs and mass incarceration: “The very same playbook has been used over and over in this country by those who seek to preserve racial hierarchy, or to exploit racial resentments and anxieties for political gain, each time with similar results.” And a piece from the Texas Observer examines the state’s practice of banishing prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement, “an extreme form of a controversial punishment likened to torture.” Many of these prisoners don’t know how, or if, they will ever get out.

In complex crime storytelling: A piece from the Tampa Bay Times examines the case of James Dailey, who is currently facing a death sentence in Florida for the 1985 murder of a 14-year-old girl. Dailey’s case has always been plagued by ambiguity and doubt, fueled by the controversial use of jailhouse informants, the lack of physical evidence tying him to the murder, and his co-defendant’s ever-evolving story. And a piece from the New York Times focuses on the disappearance of Selena Not Afraid, a 16-year-old Crow Native American girl from rural Montana. As in many other Western states, lost and missing Native American women are something of an epidemic in Montana. The piece outlines the scope of the problem, as well as Selena’s community’s fight to bring her case and others like it the attention and resources they deserve.

And in culture/true crime: The New Republic reviews Clemency, a new film from Nigerian director Chinonye Chukwu that attempts to grapple with the ”banal evil” of the death penalty. Clemency “aims to dramatize the inherently undramatic: the moral culpability of one of the state’s anonymous functionaries.” And the New York Times reviews “The Third Rainbow Girl,” a new book that focuses on the 1980 double-murder of two young women attending a “peace festival” in rural West Virginia. The book spins out from the crime itself to examine the small Appalachian community where it took place, the socioeconomic factors that circumscribe daily life there, and the deep-seated trauma inflicted by the decades-long mystery.

Wednesday January 22, 2020

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow” David Remnick, The New Yorker

Mass Incarceration, Then and Now David Remnick, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Two men are in prison for the same Florida murder. One may be innocent. He also may be executed. Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times

Weinstein Jury Has Only 2 White Women as Prosecutors Protest Jan Ransom, New York Times

Facebook, Twitter hold evidence that could save people from prison. And they’re not giving it up Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle

Tear-Gas Grenades and ‘Qualified Immunity’ Robert McNamara, Wall Street Journal

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It Kashmir Hill, New York Times

Mississippi man gets 12 years in prison for possessing a cellphone in county jail Minyvonne Burke, NBC News

LAPD gang-framing scandal could have ripple effect on criminal cases Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca must report to prison by Feb. 5, judge rules Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times

NJ Gov. Signs Law Granting Non-Violent Offenders Early Parole Eligibility Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

Armed man’s fatal shooting by Texas troopers after chase shows difference in police pursuit policies Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas Morning News

A chance encounter, a high-speed chase: How police caught the alleged Springfield kidnapper Dugan Arnett and Gal Tziperman Lotan, Boston Globe

Eminem Slips Into the Mind of the Las Vegas Shooter Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic

Decades After Two Murders, an Appalachian Town Grapples With the Crimes Melissa Del Bosque, New York Times

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 23

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week.

On the criminal justice policy front: A piece from the New Republic by Melissa Gira Grant looks at New York’s recent bail reforms, as well as the reaction against them. In 2019, reform advocates managed to win significant changes to New York’s bail system, including an end to cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. In response, politicians, prosecutors, and police union officials who oppose the reforms have launched an all-out backlash campaign based on law-and-order rhetoric, false equivalencies, and dog-whistling. Cash bail was never about safety, Grant writes: “The reaction against bail reform exposes the lie of the old system: It was always about money.” And the Washington Post reports that Steve Descano, the commonwealth’s attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, announced this week that he will no longer prosecute adults for simple marijuana possession. Descano, a Democrat, was elected in November along with a number of other “progressive” prosecutors in what has been called a “sea change” for criminal justice reform in Northern Virginia.

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: A piece from the New Yorker looks at “the trouble with crime statistics”: the metrics by which we track and measure crime, often the basis for important policy decisions, are imperfect and highly subjective. As one sheriff put it, “We do not have a good mechanism in place for tracking why a person commits crime.” And a piece from the Vera Institute of Justice examines the economics behind rural prison building, an industry that the federal government has been quietly fueling since the 1980s.   

In complex crime storytelling: The New Yorker outlines the story of Brittany Smith, an Alabama woman who stands accused of murdering the man she says raped her. Brittany was jailed, denied her medications, and kept from her children; the former cop assigned to represent her advised that she plead guilty to manslaughter, which would carry a prison sentence of up to twenty years. Brittany refused, and is asserting a stand-your-ground defense instead. And the San Francisco Chronicle examines the case of Leola Shreves, a 94-year-old woman who was brutally murdered in 2013 in her home in Yuba City, California. Police quickly narrowed in on a convenient suspect: Leola’s neighbor Michael Alexander, who was ultimately tricked into falsely confessing to the crime. Alexander spent three years in pretrial detention before prosecutors, acknowledging that they had no physical evidence linking him to the crime, decided not to try him. Six years later, DNA testing would lead police to Leola’s actual killer.

And in culture/true crime: Rolling Stone reports that “The Murder Squad,” a podcast that aims to help solve cold cases by asking listeners to “pitch in” on investigation, scored its first “breakthrough” this week: a listener’s DNA, uploaded into the DNA database GEDmatch at the Murder Squad’s suggestion, helped lead to the arrest of James Curtis Clanton, now a suspect in the 1980 killing of a 21-year-old woman. And the Boston Globe reviews “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez,” a three-part series from Netflix that chronicles the former New England Patriots star’s journey from childhood to the maximum security prison where he ended his own life in 2017.

Monday January 13, 2020

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 22

On the criminal justice policy front: For more than a week, violence has roiled the Mississippi prison system, leaving at least five inmates dead and prompting state corrections officials to impose a statewide lockdown. A piece from ProPublica, in conjunction with the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, provides a broad overview of the situation, including a brief history of Parchman State Penitentiary, the epicenter of the violence. And a piece from The Appeal points to years of chronic neglect and underfunding by lawmakers and prison officials.

In muckraker/watchdog reporting: As Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated rape trial began in New York this week, a second case against him was opened in California. A piece from the New York Times outlines the new allegations. The Washington Post discusses some of the legal issues that may impact the outcome of Weinstein’s trial in New York; and a piece from the Los Angeles Times outlines the painstaking, two-year-long process by which Los Angeles police and prosecutors managed to build their criminal case.

In complex crime storytelling: From Texas Monthly, a truly wild story of “jealousy, spying, and murder” involving a jilted lover, a hired hitman, the recovered surveillance video that helped crack the case and the veteran homicide detective who finally broke it open. And Rolling Stone profiles Jason Flom, a music executive who has spent the past three decades fighting to exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

And in culture/true crime: A piece from Salon examines an emergent trend in true crime movies and TV: rather than looking only at the particulars of a specific case, many true crime narratives are now turning their focus to the criminal justice system itself. And piece from the Washington Post looks at “Inside Scoop,” a monthly newsletter fully written, edited, and designed by jail inmates in Washington DC.

Thursday January 9, 2020

Mississippi Prison Killings: Five Factors Behind the Deadly Violence Joseph Neff and Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project

After Deadly Week for Mississippi Prisoners, Advocates See Blood ‘on the Hands’ of Lawmakers and Prison Officials Lauren Gill, The Appeal

White Prosecutor, Doug Evans, Asks to Recuse Himself From Curtis Flowers Case Mihir Zaveri, New York Times

Building a criminal case against Harvey Weinstein in LA was two years in the making Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

Trump Wants Law and Order Front and Center Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times

California’s Jails Are in a Deadly Crisis. Here’s How Experts Suggest Fixing Them. Jason Pohl and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica/Sacramento Bee

Officers falsely portrayed people as gang members, falsified records, LAPD says Richard Winton and Mark Puente, Los Angeles Times

Jail Inmates Worked for a $16 Billion Company Without Pay. Now They Want Their Wages. Madison Pauly, Mother Jones

A brutal triple murder, an eager informant, hidden evidence, and now, exoneration Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

A Record Man’s Crusade Alex Morris, Rolling Stone

Why the Attorney General’s Concern About Crime Victims and Their Families Rings Hollow Ben Miller and Daniel S. Harawa, The Appeal

‘Your Body Being Used’: Where Prisoners Who Can’t Vote Fill Voting Districts Hansi Lo Wang and Kumari Devarajan, NPR

How true crime shifted its lens from the bad guys to the bad justice system Ashlie D. Stevens, Salon

Odd Job: The couple who bounty hunts together, stays together Luke Winkie, Vox

What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Just Mercy Matthew Dessem, Slate

Wednesday January 8, 2020

Tuesday January 7, 2020

‘A Different Era’: Anti-Semitic Crimes, and Efforts to Track Them, Climb Adeel Hassan, New York Times

Five Mississippi inmates were killed in a week, officials say. Then two went missing. Marisa Iati, Washington Post

Two inmates escape from Mississippi prison amid week of deadly violence Audrey McNamara, CBS News

The Kids Profiling Every Single Child Killed by Guns Lizzie Feidelson, New Republic

Dallas wants to start using Operation Ceasefire to lower shootings and gang activity. Here’s how it works in other cities Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas Morning News

How Salt Lake City upended the system to use police and shelters to fight homelessness Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times

It’s Time for LA’s District Attorney’s Office to Lead the Way on Decriminalizing Homelessness Alex Sherman, The Appeal

Trump signs order creating national commission to study police and justice system Tom Jackman, Washington Post

Should a 13-year-old accused of murder be in the adult system? Kathryn Varn, Tampa Bay Times

Gov. Northam announces proposed criminal justice reform agenda for 2020 (Virginia) Samantha Smith, WSLS

Philly’s new police commissioner has both defended and ended ICE partnerships Anna Orso, Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. Board of Pardons missed a chance to show mercy to inmates who deserve to be released John Fetterman, Philadelphia Inquirer

California High Court Revives Challenge to Mandated Reporting Law Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News

DC jail inmates write, take photos and design their own monthly newspaper called Inside Scoop Keith Alexander, Washington Post