PM Stories

Early vaccination in prisons, a public health priority, proves politically charged Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post

As COVID-19 Surges in Jails, Guards Want Vaccine Early Kris Maher, Wall Street Journal

States Are Shutting Down Prisons as Guards are Crippled By COVID-19 Brendon Derr, Rebecca Griesbach, and Danya Issawi, New York Times

‘They played with our lives’: How one Wisconsin prison failed to contain a COVID-19 outbreak Emily Hamer, Wisconsin State Journal

Pandemic underscores need to release more elderly prisoners Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun

Justice Department Finds Rampant Sexual Assaults and Constitutional Violations in Country’s Largest Women’s Prison CJ Ciaramella, Reason

Officials knew about sexual abuse at Lowell prison – and did nothing. System must have independent oversight Greg Newburn, Miami Herald

Commentary: Time After Time, Discretion in Criminal Legal System Leads to Huge Racial Disparities David Greenwald, Davis Vanguard

New Jersey’s new groundbreaking law needs more than just good intentions to succeed Tina M. Zottoli, Tarika Daftary-Kapur, and Besiki Kutateladze, Newark Star-Ledger

LA Prosecutors Are at Loggerheads with Their New Boss, George Gascón Jason McGahan, Los Angeles Magazine

New laws lead some Washington prosecutors to rethink three-strike life sentences Nina Shapiro and Manuel Villa, Seattle Times

‘Second Chance’ Law Takes Effect, Offers Hope To Georgians With Criminal Past Eva Rothenberg, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Netflix’s new true crime documentary examines one of the most infamous serial killers in US history Conor Heneghan, Joe

Visions in Penal Time Zoé Samudzi, Jewish Currents

AM Stories

Police reform: A roadmap for the future Editorial Board, Boston Globe

Charlie Baker signs ‘landmark’ police reform bill on New Year’s Eve, capping year defined by protests Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls for tougher penalties, more police tools, as protests mark new year in Oregon cities Anna Griffin and Sergio Olmos, Oregon Public Broadcasting

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

Fatal shooting by police sets off protest in Minneapolis, the city’s first police-involved death since George Floyd Holly Bailey, Washington Post

Here’s what we know about the fatal police shooting outside a Minneapolis gas station Laura Yuen, Nina Moini, and Riham Feshir, Minnesota Public Radio

Body cameras show police officers failing to aid Andre Hill for minutes after he was shot Jennifer Smola, Holly Zachariah, and Mark Ferenchik, Columbus Dispatch

Police officers should be guardians, not warriors. That could have saved Andre Hill’s life. Christy E. Lopez, Washington Post

These ‘rogue’ deputies were fired. So how did the Jump Out Boys win back their badges? Waylon Cunningham, Los Angeles Times

What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture Michael J. Moore, The Nation

Rebel Cops Gabbriel Schivone, The Progressive

The Freedom Struggle in 2020: Angela Davis on Protests, Defunding Police & Toppling Racist Statues Democracy Now!