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Interview: Maria DiLorenzo, Author, on Writing about a Spree Killer from her Neighborhood (with Amanda Knox)

Degrees of Separation: Maria DiLorenzo’s Deep Dive Into a Local Killing Spree Maria DiLorenzo’s poetry has appeared in the Barrier...

Interview: Emily Galvin-Almanza, Criminal Justice Advocate for Activists, Defendants and their Attorneys (with Amanda Knox)

The “Yes, And…” Principle for Justice: An Interview with Emily Galvin-Almanza Emily Galvin-Almanza is CEO and co-founder of Partners For...

Interview: Jessica Henry, Scholar, on the Phenomenon of “No Crime” Wrongful Convictions (with Amanda Knox)

Smoke But No Fire: An Interview with Jessica Henry Jessica Henry is a professor and former public defender based in...

LA County Report Shows Arrests, Bookings Down Dramatically During COVID-19

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - From March to mid-June, as stay-at-home orders took effect and Los Angeles County officials...

LA County to Begin Offering Audio, Video Appearances for All Criminal Courts

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles County's court system is set to expand audio and video court appearances for hearings to all 250 criminal courtrooms, starting today.

Thursday August 13, 2020

PM Stories

‘Con Air’ Is Spreading COVID-19 All Over the Federal Prison System Keegan Hamilton and Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project

How ICE Data Undercounts COVID-19 Victims Dan Glaun, PBS

Judge orders ICE to stop transfers into Virginia facility hit hard by coronavirus Antonio Olivo, Washington Post

As coronavirus spreads in Washington’s prisons, here’s what a state watchdog says needs to change Joseph O’Sullivan and David Gutman, Seattle Times

I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor should release many more. Luis Polanco, Jr., The Oregonian

San Quentin’s coronavirus outbreak shows why ‘herd immunity’ could mean disaster Rong-Gong Lin II and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times

Bad design kills: Why COVID-19 spread like wildfire at one of America’s worst prisons Nate Berg, Fast Company

California executions on hold, but coronavirus killing San Quentin inmates Jason Fagone and Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle

Navajo Nation Asks Trump To Commute Death Sentence Of Native Man Facing Execution Camila Domonoske, NPR

A longtime Philadelphia judge won’t wear a mask in court, prompting complaints from lawyers and witnesses Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Inquirer

Broward County Will Elect Its First New Prosecutor in 44 Years. Will the Office Veer Left? Jerry Iannelli, The Appeal

Criminal Justice Advocates Say New Law Undermines Georgia’s Efforts at Bail Reform Victoria Law, The Appeal

Racial Disparities Still Mar Probation, Parole Despite 14% Decline Michael Gelb, The Crime Report

Ending Mass Incarceration Is Only the Beginning Daniel Fernandez, The Nation

AM Stories

Why “Crime” Isn’t the Question and Police Aren’t the Answer Alec Karakatsanis, Current Affairs

Public Confidence in Police at Record Low: Gallup Michael Gelb, The Crime Report

How cities can tackle violent crime without relying on police Roge Karma, Vox

As nightly conflicts in Portland draw headlines, reforms gradually advance Courtney Sherwood, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Multnomah Co. DA’s office won’t prosecute many arrested in Portland protests Jim Ryan, The Oregonian

Colorado attorney general opens investigation into “patterns and practices” of Aurora Police Department Jesse Paul, Colorado Sun

Police body camera video of George Floyd’s arrest, final moments released to public USA Today

Body camera footage shows struggle leading to George Floyd’s fatal police encounter Holly Bailey, Dalton Bennett, Sarah Cahlan, and Elyse Samuels, Washington Post

Washington, DC, police union moves to block release of body cam footage Makini Brice, Reuters

‘This is no longer a debate’: Florida sheriff bans deputies, visitors from wearing masks Tim Elfrink, Washington Post

Meet the Company That Writes the Policies That Protect Cops Madison Pauly, Mother Jones

How white people used police to make LA one of the most segregated cities in America Matthew Fleischer, Los Angeles Times

JUSTICE

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 11

CRIME STORY’S Sean Smith continues his weekly analysis of the news stories aggregated in CRIME STORY DAILY related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. By reconsidering early reporting on the crisis in the light of subsequent developments, CRIME STORY hopes to point out trends in the narrative of COVID-19 and the prisons. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning May 17. WEEK 11 (MAY 24-MAY 30)  The New York Times commemorated...