Interview: Ayelet Waldman on Her Role in the Prosecution of the Man who Tried to Sexually Assault Her

A Series of Bad Choices: An Interview with Ayelet Waldman Ayelet Waldman is an author, prison abolitionist, and the editor...

Interview: Brett Watson on Universal Cash and Crime (with Amanda Knox)

Universal Cash and Crime: An Interview with Brett Watson Brett Watson is a researcher at the Institute for Social and...

Interview: Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar on an Alternative Path to Decarceration (with Amanda Knox)

Prison By Any Other Name: An Interview with Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar In Prison By Any Other Name: The...

Reprise Interview Presentation: George Gascón, Los Angeles District Attorney Candidate

On today’s podcast we offer a special reprise presentation of the interview that Molly Miller and I conducted with Los Angeles District Attorney...

Mongol: The Trial of David Martinez — Parts 2 & 3

On today’s podcast we present Parts Two and Three of Mongol, our exclusive new Crime Story series written and read by Molly Miller that tells the story...

Tuesday October 27, 2020

PM Stories

The Criminal Justice of Amy Coney Barrett David K. Shipler, Washington Monthly

This Is What It Feels Like to Live Under Minority Rule Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Half of Colorado’s district attorneys will be replaced after election, setting scene for future of criminal justice reform Elise Schmelzer, Denver Post

In the Pandemic, a Shifting Ballot Debate on Legalizing Drugs Kirk Johnson, New York Times

Newsom, California district attorneys seek tighter standards for application of death penalty Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Colorado courts face growing trial backlog due to COVID delays Shelly Bradbury, Denver Post

Declining Jail Population Endangered by Court Delays During Pandemic Ted Gest, The Crime Report

Almost half of South Dakota’s inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 Danielle Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader

COVID-19: Governor activates Montana National Guard to help operate state prison Missoula Current

2 more Wisconsin prisons have COVID-19 outbreaks totaling more than 500 active cases Emily Hamer, Wisconsin State Journal

California prison staff showed ‘indifference’ to masks even after COVID-19 deaths, report says Wes Venteicher, Sacramento Bee

When Falling Behind on Rent Leads to Jail Time Maya Miller and Ellis Simani, ProPublica

What Could Have Kept Me Out of Prison Nicole Lewis, Aviva Shen, and Katie Park, The Marshall Project

East Germany’s Love Affair With Angela Davis Kimberly Bradley, New York Times

AM Stories

Will Trump’s “Law and Order” Message Work in Wisconsin? Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker

The Politics of White Anxiety Jonathan M. Metzl, Boston Review

Barr seeks to guide police standards on use of force and officer conduct Devlin Barrett, Washington Post

Joe Biden Had Close Ties With Police Leaders. Will They Help Him Now? Alexander Burns, New York Times

Cops and Politics: Crossing the Thin Blue Line Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

Unqualified Impunity: When Government Officials Break the Law, They Often Get Away With It Katherine Hawkins, POGO

When ‘Live PD’ cameras rolled, Williamson County deputies used more violence Julie Chang and Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman

Racial disparities in LAPD stops fueled by failed crime-fighting strategy, audit finds Kevin Rector and Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times

Civil rights groups sue de Blasio, NYPD over protest response Erin Durkin, Politico

Portland Reckons With Police Attacks on Protesters After Months of Unrest Alice Speri, The Intercept

In the Streets with Antifa Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker

Swept up by police Meryl Kornfield, Austin R. Ramsey, Jacob Wallace, Christopher Casey, and Verónica Del Valle, Washington Post

We Must Sever Law Enforcement From the Labor Movement Kim Kelly, The Nation

A Radical New Plan for MeToo Turns Away From “Law and Order” Feminism Madison Pauly, Mother Jones


Mike Romano: Client Released after 23 Years for Attempting to Pass a Forged $200 Check.

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 and the transcript of that interview here. You can find a story about Romano’s participation in a U.S. Congressional field hearing on criminal justice reform here. It's been another big week at the Project, starting with the release of our longtime client George Colbert!