Reprise Interviews: Profound Injustices (with Amanda Knox, Jason Flom and Sarah Gersten)

The Rafay Murders: An Interview with Jason Flom (Part One) Back in Capanne prison, I was lucky to receive daily...

Interview: Mike Africa Jr. on the Struggle and the Legacy of MOVE (with Amanda Knox)

The Standoff: An Interview with MOVE member Mike Africa Jr. Today, Philadelphia-based activist Mike Africa Jr. benefits from a kind...

Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 2

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the...

Metro Officer Alleges He Was Punished for Not Meeting Arrest Expectations

By Bill Hetherman, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A veteran Los Angeles police officer is suing the city, alleging he was stripped...

The People vs Daniel Masterson: The Protective Power of Institutions

This is the third in a series of articles on the case of The People vs. Daniel Masterson in which Masterson is charged...

Monday November 30, 2020

PM Stories

The Danger of ‘Over-Punishment’ The Crime Report

Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak, AP News

Mask rules in jails vary from county to county as pandemic worsens in Colorado Allison Sherry, Colorado Public Radio

Report: Washington prison officials botched response to COVID-19 outbreak at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center Mike Reicher and Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times

Ohio’s oldest death-row inmate dies behind bars from likely spread of the coronavirus John Caniglia,

CT stopped commuting prison sentences before COVID. Advocates say it’s time to change. Kelan Lyons, Connecticut Mirror

LA County moves to create new juvenile justice system focused on ‘care,’ not punishment Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times

Incoming Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón Promises Criminal Justice Reform Scott Shafer, KQED

New DAs Need to Learn ‘Cultural Humility,’ says NYC Prosecutor Candidate The Crime Report

Death in Clubland KJ Yossman, Elle

Montage Of A Dream Deferred Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael, NPR

‘The Mystery of DB Cooper’: TV Review Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter

49 years ago, DB Cooper became an ideal hero for cynical times. He still is Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times

AM Stories

Biden was pilloried for his criminal justice record. During his presidency, advocates expect change. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News

The Constitution and the courts make possible criminal justice reform George F. Will, Washington Post

Beyond Breonna: Louisville Police Make the Case for Abolition Natasha Lennard, The Intercept

DC Council weighs controversial measure that would allow hundreds of inmates to seek release from prison after 15 years of incarceration Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post

Ohio lawmakers consider lessening penalties, encouraging treatment for low-level drug offenses Jordan Laird, Springfield News-Sun

NJ attorney general tells prosecutors to stop pressing charges for small amounts of marijuana Sam Wood, Philadelphia Inquirer

Trying to Keep COVID-19 at Bay in Nation’s Prisons Presents a Challenge Talal Ansari, Wall Street Journal

Pandemic surges in prisons amid county jail crowding as state lags on medical releases Anita Chabria and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

Former corrections officer says Missouri prisons did little to stop spread of COVID-19 Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Imposter Leah McLaren, Toronto Life

“We Are Witnesses”: A Portrait of Crime and Punishment in America Today The New Yorker

In ‘Your Honor,’ a New Orleans Judge Breaks Bad Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times


Mike Romano: Ronald Arthur freed after serving 22 years for stealing a bicycle

We are thrilled to announce that our client, Ronald Arthur, was released from prison after serving 22 years for stealing an unlocked bicycle from the entrance of a convenience store in Los Angeles! If convicted today, Ronald would receive misdemeanor and a maximum sentence of 30 days in county jail. Instead, Ronald was sentenced to life under the Three Strikes law in 1999. When the Three Strikes Reform Act took effect in 2012, Ronald first filed to win his freedom. Prison authorities evaluated Ronald as “low risk” to reoffend, prison work supervisors wrote...