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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, Cleveland.com

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