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Robert Durst Stares into the Camera (Durst 6)

This is the sixth in a series of articles about the hearings before the murder trial of Robert Durst. You may click on the hyperlinked titles to...

Tiny Evil, Rap and Gang Conspiracy

Editor's note: Later this week, the third trial of rapper Drakeo the Ruler on charges of profiting off of a gang conspiracy (California...

When Toilet Water Is the Only Relief

Kourtney, a fourteen-year-old inmate at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, didn’t want to go to bed. It was after 9 p.m. on July 1, 2018, and she was...

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Amanda Knox: The Case for E-carceration

…at least, for now. For years, my view of the outside world was reduced to what I could see out of one barred window: the barren stretches between prison buildings, the walls topped with barbed wire, and beyond, a line of cypress trees on a remote hill. One of my few joys was the rare sight of a wild rabbit scurrying through the grass in springtime...

PODCAST SPECIAL: A Congressional Crime Hearing in the City of Angels – Part 1

VARGAS-EDMOND: MY HUSBAND, AT THE AGE OF 19, WAS FACING 150 YEARS TO DOUBLE LIFE FOR AN OFFENSE IN WHICH NO ONE WAS HURT. HE ENDED UP BEING SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS AND PLED OUT TO THINGS THAT HE DID NOT DO BECAUSE OF THE WAYS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS HAVE THE ABILITY TO STACK CHARGES. This past July, Taina Vargas-Edmond, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based prisoner rights group, Initiate Justice, addressed a congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform hosted by Representative Karen Bass (D. CA).  Vargas-Edmond shared her personal experience of California’s punitive tough-on-crime laws and summarized the hope that the state’s reform measures represent to her and thousands of Californians with incarcerated loved ones. VARGAS-EDMOND: BECAUSE OF PROPOSITION 57, HE WAS ABLE TO EARN ALMOST TWO YEARS OFF OF HIS SENTENCE AND THAT'S THE REASON THAT HE'S HERE NOW. BUT THE SEVEN YEARS, THE SEVEN YEARS THAT HE SPENT INCARCERATED COST ME ABOUT $40,000 OUT OF MY POCKET TO BE ABLE TO MAKE VISITS, TO BE ABLE TO PUT MONEY ON THE PHONE SO I COULD TALK TO HIM, TO SEND PACKAGES… AND THAT DOESN’T...