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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...

Wednesday August 12, 2020

PM Stories A Short History of Biden VP Kamala Harris’ Record on Criminal Justice Meghan Roos, Newsweek Harris and Biden once were at odds on criminal justice issues. Finding common ground helped lead him to pick her as his running mate. Michael Kranish, Washington Post Give Kamala Harris a Break Peter Beinart, The Atlantic San Francisco becomes first county in the nation to offer free calls to jail inmates Carla Marinucci, Politico LA County Report Shows Arrests, Bookings Down Dramatically During COVID-19...

Tuesday August 11, 2020

PM Stories COVID Has Reduced Prison Populations Around the World—Creating a Rare Chance to Fix the System Gavin Butler, Vice Amid COVID-19, California releases some inmates doing time for murder. Advocates push to free more Richard Winton, Anita Chabria, and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times Leaving Gun Towers and Barbed Wire for a Healing House Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times Breaking Out With A Bar of Soap Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project Prison’s Other Death Sentence (Washington) Levi Pulkkinen, Crosscut

Monday August 10, 2020

PM Stories The Federal Bureau of Prisons response to the coronavirus has been disastrous and deadly Natalie Chwalisz, Washington Post As Bureau of Prisons Enters “Phase 9” Of COVID-19 Plan, BOP Staff Wonder If There Is A Real Plan Walter Pavlo, Forbes Jails and prisons have reduced their populations in the face of the pandemic, but not enough to save lives Emily Widra and Peter Wagner, Prison Policy Initiative “I Had Hit The Lottery”: Inmates Desperate To Get Out Of Prisons Hit Hard By The...

Crime Story Daily Highlights – Week 52

This is a curated selection of highlights from Crime Story Daily this week. On the criminal justice policy front: Pieces from The Intercept and The Appeal highlight major gains for the progressive prosecutor movement in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries. In both Pima County (Tucson), Arizona, and Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor), Michigan, longtime prosecutors with punitive records retired this year, triggering competitive three-way Democratic primaries to replace them. And in both, the most progressive candidate – civil rights attorney Eli Savit in Michigan, and former public defender Laura Conover in Arizona – prevailed on Tuesday. A...

Friday August 7, 2020

PM Stories New York Attorney General Sues to Dissolve the NRA Will Van Sant, The Trace The Fall of the NRA Adam Winkler, New Republic Black Lives Matter movement sparks ‘collective awakening’ on marijuana policies Natalie Fertig, Politico As Decriminalization Drives Reforms For Marijuana Convictions, Activists See Others Serving Time Left Behind Tana Ganeva, The Appeal California plans early release of many more prison inmates due to coronavirus Los Angeles Times One Journalist Is Chronicling San Quentin’s Huge COVID-19...