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Los Angeles City Council Poised to Cut $150 Million from Police Budget

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department's budget for the next fiscal year is on the table today, as the City Council will vote on its final adjustments to the 2020-2021 spending plan before taking a summer recess.

L.A. County Board Considers Reallocating Jail Funding, New 911 System

By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to consider shifting some money and responsibility away from the Sheriff's Department to other county services, potentially using jail funding for diversion and treatment programs.

L.A. County Commission Recommends Significant Changes to Policing

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a report today recommending changes to policing in Los Angeles County, calling for an end to qualified immunity, reallocation of funding to community initiatives, and assigning use-of-force investigations to special prosecutors outside the D.A.'s...

Editors Blog

Representing Indigent Defendants during the Pandemic: An L.A. Story

In April, as part of our effort to understand how the public health emergency is affecting criminal defense attorneys and their clients, we spoke with a Los Angeles-based Bar Panel Attorney, who requested anonymity so that they could speak freely.

Follow Up on My Interview with Attorney General Barr (Week 45)

This week at crimestory.com, I followed up on my interview with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Amanda Knox continued her series of interviews; Sean Smith contributed another chapter in our series on the way that the story of Covid-19 in prisons has unfolded in the press; and we published another...

My Interview with Attorney General William Barr: Following Up on the One Year Anniversary

Crime Story launched in August of last year with my interview with Attorney General William Barr. June 5, 2020 marked the one year anniversary of our recording that interview. The themes that came up in the conversation with the AG (implicit bias in...

Expert Witness

Interview: Sarah Gersten, The Profoundly Unjust Case of Michael Thompson

The Case of Michael Thompson: An Interview with Sarah Gersten In 1996, 45-year-old Michael Thompson was convicted in Michigan on five charges: possession with intent to deliver marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver marijuana; delivery of marijuana; possession...

Interview: Emily Bazelon, One of the Leading Writers on America’s Criminal Legal Process

“Anyone can be on the receiving end of a prosecutor's mistakes”: An Interview with Emily Bazelon Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, a lecturer at Yale Law School, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest...

Amanda Knox interviews Former FBI Agent about “a Loss of Trust in the Institution of Police”

“It's a fundamental misunderstanding of what police do and what motivates crime”: An Interview with Steve Moore From 1983 to 2008, Steve Moore served as a Special Agent for the FBI. After retiring, he chronicled his experiences in his memoir,...

Justice

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 7

WEEK 7 (APRIL 26 - MAY 2)  On Tuesday, April 28, a bare-faced Vice President Mike Pence toured the Mayo Clinic, flouting that facility’s mask requirement. “Since I don't have the coronavirus,” he explained, “I thought it'd be a good...

Mike Romano: GREAT day in Santa Clara Superior Court for Pete Heyberger

CRIME STORY has received permission to re-print Michael Romano‘s newsletters from Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project whose mission is to reverse the most unjust criminal sentences. Romano and his colleague Susan Champion were interviewed by Amanda Knox for CRIME STORY and you can find the podcast...

COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 6

WEEK 6 (April 19-25) On Monday, April 20, COVID-19 related deaths nationwide totaled 41,575. During the day’s White House pandemic briefing, President Donald Trump cast about for silver linings. “One is too many. I always say it: One is too...