PM Stories

Trump’s Cruel And Unusual Parting Gift: A Spree Of Federal Executions Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost

Trump Prepares to Kill Brandon Bernard Even as Jurors Say His Life Should Be Spared Liliana Segura, The Intercept

‘A complete and clear disregard for life’: Family members say officials are not doing enough to protect prisoners from COVID-19 Brittany Brown, Mississippi Today

Overcrowding Is Fueling California’s Worst Active COVID-19 Prison Outbreak, Advocates Say Holly McDede, KQED

As New York Coronavirus Metrics Worsen, State Prisons See Outbreaks Ryan Tarinelli, New York Law Journal

COVID-19 Continues To Spread Through Michigan’s Prison Population WDET

Neko Wilson: A 17-Year Testament to the Flaws of US Criminal Justice System Davis Vanguard

The Graying of Mass Incarceration Victoria Law, The Progressive

States Can Shorten Probation and Protect Public Safety PEW

It’s Time to End Any Level of Federal Marijuana Prohibition Trevor Burrus, Cato Institute

House Passes Landmark Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Catie Edmondson, New York Times

New Jersey AG Issues Directive to Help Juveniles Avoid Detention Suzette Parmley, New Jersey Law Journal

Reinvented Delco Public Defender’s Office wants to lead the way on criminal justice reform Kenny Cooper, WHYY

Jason Williams wins New Orleans DA race, promising new era in prosecutor’s office Matt Sledge, NOLA.com

George Gascón Prepares To Be Sworn-In As LA County’s Top Prosecutor City News Service

As George Gascón takes office, campaign promises will be put to the test James Queally, Los Angeles Times

AM Stories

When Morality Transcends the Law: Is the Death Penalty the Ultimate Test? Lynn Marietta Nichols and Ellen C. Brotman, Legal Intelligencer

Trump is rushing to execute inmates. We must raise our voices in protest. Sister Helen Prejean, Washington Post

New records show Trump’s DOJ rushed a no-bid contract for lethal injection drugs Lauren White, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Tennessee inmate’s execution put on hold due to COVID-19 Travis Loller, ABC News

Prosecutor who fought for inmate Brandon Bernard’s death sentence now says “he does not deserve it” CBS News

‘Plague’ of Prison Violence Ignored by Authorities, Study Charges The Crime Report

No escape: The trauma of witnessing violence in prison Emily Widra, Prison Policy Initiative

Officer had a long string of violent incidents before fatal beating at Florida prison Christina Saint Louis and Ben Conarck, Miami Herald

The Maine sheriffs that destroy discipline records Josh Keefe, Bangor Daily News

LA County sheriff says deputies can conceal their names during protests Alene Tchekmedyian and James Queally, Los Angeles Times

Another demonstrator sues APD after she says she was shot in the head with ‘less-lethal’ ammunition Andrew Weber, Austin Monitor

Fatal shooting of Black teen roils liberal town in Oregon Andrew Selsky, AP News

It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds. Eric Umansky, ProPublica

Cops shouldn’t be first at scene in mental health crises. NYC pilot program needed nationwide Amanda Fialk, USA Today

Activists, Law Enforcement React To Historic Police Reform Legislation On Beacon Hill Walter Wuthmann and Tiziana Dearing, WBUR