Today’s good reads in criminal-justice journalism, with an emphasis on longform narrative stories on crime and original reporting on crime victims and reforms in sentencing and prisons:
- Carla Murphy and Mary Kuhlman produced an audio report on a survivors’ group in Chicago, Citizens for Change, that works to help victims through crime prevention and trauma recovery, rather than simply relying on the criminal-justice system’s reactive, punitive solutions to crime. (Public News Service)
- Kelly Davis explains the plight of the mentally ill in jails and prisons through the stories of their frustrated, anguished parents. (San Diego CityBeat)
- Alexis Sobel Fitts reviews the research that shows how skewed news coverage can influence public opinion about the race of crime victims and those who commit crimes. (Columbia Journalism Review)
- Gabriel Urza provides an extensive explanation of the Army’s removal of a key member of the defense team for 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Urza didn’t prove the Army intended to interfere with the defense, but based on his findings of how this went down it’s hard to conclude otherwise. (Slate)
- Andrew Grossman reports on findings of a survey showing frequent turf battles between the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies investigating crimes of violence. (Wall Street Journal)
- The Marshall Project assembled a comprehensive Twitter list of criminal justice journalists. I’m proud to be included. It also has a list of Twitter accounts following criminal-justice news.
- On the blog, I applauded New York Times tech-culture columnist Nick Bilton for documenting cases during the Ferguson protests in which Twitter users distorted news of what they saw or claimed to see.
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