PM Stories

Incarceration has always threatened health. COVID-19 just worsened the problem. Armen Henderson, Philadelphia Inquirer

Since you asked: Just how overcrowded were prisons before the pandemic, and at this time of social distancing, how overcrowded are they now? Emily Widra, Prison Policy Initiative

San Quentin Prison COVID releases delayed by state Supreme Court Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Ohio inmate who survived execution attempt dies in prison of probable COVID-19 David K. Li, NBC News

NJ prisoners will have access to the COVID shot early. Corrections officer vaccinations have already begun. Blake Nelson, NJ Advance Media

Washington state prisoners are getting vaccinated for COVID-19 amid an outbreak John Stucke, Seattle Times

Georgia legislators seek scrutiny of jail deaths as new case emerges Ned Parker, Reuters

LA County Prosecutors Sue DA Gascón Over Criminal Justice Reforms Nathan Solis, Courthouse News

Released From Prison to a World Scarred by COVID Cassie M. Chew, The Crime Report

5 New Policy Ideas for Fixing Life After Prison Politico Magazine

A Journalist Who Spent Time Behind Bars Dishes on How He Rebuilt His Life John J. Lennon, Politico

‘Two Ways Home’ Review: A Spare Family Drama Unfolds in Iowa Teo Bugbee, New York Times

True Crime From a Family’s Point of View Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic

AM Stories

Milestone year of racial unrest and protests ends with police, demonstrators facing new hurdles Bill Hutchinson, ABC News

Violent Year in New York and Across US as Pandemic Fuels Crime Spike Ali Watkins, New York Times

Seven days, 29 killings: LA County’s deadliest week reveals pain, inequity and injustice Matthew Ormseth and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times

In DC, Black families reel from the pain of hundreds lost to COVID-19 and killings Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

‘Defund the police’ is more than a protest cry for these youths. They’re helping steer Oakland effort Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle

How a year of protests changed Seattle Mike Carter, Daniel Beekman, Heidi Groover, and Paul Roberts, Seattle Times

Under Biden, the Justice Department is expected to again police the police Robert Klemko, Washington Post

2 Cleveland Police Officers Avoid Federal Charges in Killing of Tamir Rice Neil Vigdor, New York Times

Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match Kashmir Hill, New York Times

Forty years after Peter Sutcliffe’s crimes, the police are making the same mistakes Joan Smith, The Guardian

“The Ripper” is just another example of how true and scripted crime shows fail sex workers Ashlie D. Stevens, Salon

‘Who Replaces Me?’: An Update The Daily

Chicano Squad Vox