PM Stories

Reflecting On The Criminal Justice System Deborah Becker, WBUR

The death penalty lost more ground in 2020 – except in the Trump administration Editorial Board, Washington Post

Federal Execution Team Members Are Getting COVID. Secrecy Has Thwarted Contact Tracing. Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

Vaccine delivered to prison where feds carry out executions Michael Balsamo, AP News

When COVID-19 hits death row Joel Cohen, The Hill

Latest outbreak in a Pennsylvania prison infected more than a thousand, killing 9 Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

As Coronavirus Cases Surge In Illinois Prisons, Families And Advocates Demand More Action From State Leaders Pascal Sabino, Block Club Chicago

Maryland inmate coronavirus death toll increases to 18 as questions remain over state’s vaccination schedule Phillip Jackson and Hallie Miller, Baltimore Sun

How to save lives in jail right now: Learn from mistakes made in earlier COVID waves Seth Prins, Sandhya Kajeepeta, Brad Maurer, and Kayla Simpson, New York Daily News

Federal appeals court agrees that Dallas County’s bail system denied poor defendants equal rights Kevin Krause, Dallas Morning News

Philly to pay $9.8M to man exonerated who spent 28 years in prison after wrongful conviction for murder Jeremy Roebuck, Philadelphia Inquirer

Alonzo Demetrius: Live From the Prison Nation – a critique of mass incarceration Mike Hobart, Financial Times

AM Stories

How Will We Remember the Protests? Nicole Mo and Myles Poydras, The Atlantic

A ‘Defining Crossroads’ for US Policing in 2020 The Crime Report

After Breonna Taylor Case, Louisville Police Face Precarious Next Chapter Will Wright, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, and Austyn Gaffney, New York Times

Louisville police seek to fire 2 more officers connected to fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor Tessa Duvall, Darcy Costello, and Bailey Loosemore, Louisville Courier Journal

How the LAPD is responding to calls for police reform Today

Columbus’ Policing Problem Goes Deeper Than the Shooting of Andre Hill Aviva Shen, Slate

Minneapolis police involved in first fatality since George Floyd; video to be released John Bacon, USA Today

Minneapolis Mayor Pledges ‘Transparency’ in First Police Killing Since Floyd Death The Crime Report

The Black baseball prospect, the police shooting and the club he never wanted to join Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

2020 saw an unprecedented spike in homicides from big cities to small towns Devlin Barrett, Washington Post

Murder rates have increased, but reporting on crime data is still woefully out of date Jeff Asher and Ben Horwitz, USA Today

In a Year Marked By Death, the Trump Administration Cements a Legacy of Unprecedented Executions Madeleine Carlisle, Time

What Trump’s pardons say about criminal justice Nancy Gertner and Dean A. Strang, Boston Globe

Samuel Little, Serial Killer Who Confessed to 93 Murders, Dies at 80 Neil Vigdor, New York Times