According to the California Department of Justice, you are eligible for inclusion on CalGang, a statewide database of gang members and gang associates,...

Crime Story Scoop: Robert Durst Admits “Killed Them All” Recording is “True and Accurate”

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Rose Colored Glasses in the Litter Box and Other Admissible Evidence

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Wednesday January 22, 2020

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow” David Remnick, The New Yorker

Mass Incarceration, Then and Now David Remnick, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Two men are in prison for the same Florida murder. One may be innocent. He also may be executed. Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times

Weinstein Jury Has Only 2 White Women as Prosecutors Protest Jan Ransom, New York Times

Facebook, Twitter hold evidence that could save people from prison. And they’re not giving it up Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle

Tear-Gas Grenades and ‘Qualified Immunity’ Robert McNamara, Wall Street Journal

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It Kashmir Hill, New York Times

Mississippi man gets 12 years in prison for possessing a cellphone in county jail Minyvonne Burke, NBC News

LAPD gang-framing scandal could have ripple effect on criminal cases Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca must report to prison by Feb. 5, judge rules Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times

NJ Gov. Signs Law Granting Non-Violent Offenders Early Parole Eligibility Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

Armed man’s fatal shooting by Texas troopers after chase shows difference in police pursuit policies Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas Morning News

A chance encounter, a high-speed chase: How police caught the alleged Springfield kidnapper Dugan Arnett and Gal Tziperman Lotan, Boston Globe

Eminem Slips Into the Mind of the Las Vegas Shooter Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic

Decades After Two Murders, an Appalachian Town Grapples With the Crimes Melissa Del Bosque, New York Times

Paul Butler Reads: The Promise and Failure of “Queen & Slim”

Black protest – especially against police violence – scares some people. The Attorney General of the United States, for example, does not think the police should be criticized.  Last week William Barr issued a  threat:  if certain communities don’t start showing the police “support and respect” they “might find themselves without the police protection they need.”   In an earlier speech to the Fraternal Order of Police, Barr claimed “the anti-police narrative is fanning disrespect for...


According to the California Department of Justice, you are eligible for inclusion on CalGang, a statewide database of gang members and gang associates, if you meet two or more of the following criteria: 1.     You have admitted to being a gang member. 2.     You have been arrested for offenses consistent with gang activity. 3.     You have been identified as a gang member by a reliable informant. 4.     You have been seen associating with documented gang members. 5.     You have been seen displaying gang symbols and/or hand signs. 6.     You have been seen frequenting gang areas. 7.     You have been seen wearing gang dress. 8.     You are known to have gang tattoos. Law enforcement officials argue that the CalGang database is an important investigative tool. But criminal justice advocates are quick to point out that CalGang’s criteria are dangerously broad, making it nearly impossible for individuals who live in certain neighborhoods...