Hello friends. Starting today, we will be posting a “Weekly Pick 6” every Friday. Our “Weekly Pick 6” will consist of 6 informative and insightful reentry & criminal justice-related news articles and commentaries that we’ve been following throughout the week. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback!
1.) How Public Defenders Struggle With Ethical Blindness (The Sixth Amendment Center)
In an interview with New England Law Professor, Tigran Eldred, David Carroll of The Sixth Amendment Center explores whether psychological factors force public defenders to rationalize sub-par performance in the face of excessive caseloads.
In this long-read, David Ferry describes how the California Department of Corrections has regularly placed prisoners at risk of catching a deadly disease known as Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).
3.) The Capital Punishment Cover-up (Slate)
Dahlia Lithwick describes proposed legislation in Virginia that will hide “all information relating to the execution process.”
4.) Police Reform is Impossible in America (Gawker Justice)
Donovan X. Ramsey argues that America can tackle issues of police reform only once Americans first confront the racism and oppression that have led to a widely held “myth of black criminality.”
5.) This is How Black Girls End Up in the School-To-Prison Pipeline (The Nation)
Dani McClain uses recent events at a Baltimore, MD middle school as an example of how “harsh, apparently unwarranted” school discipline influenced by implicit biases have led to a staggeringly disproportional rate of African American girls being suspended from school and thrown into the criminal justice system.
6.) For Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, freedom has a cost (News & Observer)
Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were wrongfully convicted or rape and murder. After three decades in prison, the two men were exonerated by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. But as this article explains, their struggle is not over. Absent a pardon from the Governor, these men are left without any ability to collect compensation for the decades they spent incarcerated.