PM Stories

Trump, the death penalty and its links with America’s racist history The Guardian

Trump Is Putting the Machinery of Death Into Overdrive Clint Smith, The Atlantic

DC judges order Maryland man’s federal execution to go forward on Friday, setting up last-minute battle Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun

What to Know About Dustin Higgs, the Last Man Set to Be Executed by Trump Claire Lampen, New York Magazine

A Horrific, Tragic Story Ends in Execution Bridget Read, New York Magazine

US Executes Inmate Infected With COVID-19 Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal

Prisons are COVID hot spots. But few countries are prioritizing vaccines for inmates. Miriam Berger, Washington Post

COVID-19 skyrockets by nearly 2,000 cases in NY state prisons over the last six weeks Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Daily News

This Kentucky prison has 1,507 inmates. Half of them are infected with COVID-19. John Cheves, Lexington Herald Leader

State can’t confirm if 115 Michigan prisoner cases were COVID-19 reinfections Angie Jackson and Joey Horan, Detroit Free Press

Facing prison amid a pandemic, a protester fears for himself and all inmates Ned Barnett, Raleigh News & Observer

Don’t use SF tragedy to justify return to mass incarceration Jonathan Simon, San Francisco Chronicle

Gavin Newsom’s High-Stakes Choice For California Attorney General Jay Willis, The Appeal

If Biden wants to reform criminal justice, he needs public defenders on his team Liz Oyer, Washington Post

AM Stories

How police failures let a violent insurrection into the Capitol Cara Kelly, Daphne Duret, Ramon Padilla, Erin Mansfield, Stephen J. Beard, and Jayme Fraser, USA Today

The Cops at the Capitol Jonathan Ben-Menachem, The Appeal

“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years Joshua Kaplan and Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica

The Capitol Siege Wasn’t Institutional Failure. It Was Exactly How American Policing Was Meant To Work. Melissa Segura, BuzzFeed News

What ‘Blue Lives Matter’ was always about Ryan Cooper, The Week

In Wake of Capitol Riot, GOP Legislatures “Rebrand” Old Anti-BLM Protest Laws Alleen Brown and Akela Lacy, The Intercept

White Terrorism Often Leads to Harsher Punishments for People of Color Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

There’s A Good Reason Feds Don’t Call White Guys Terrorists, Says DOJ Domestic Terror Chief Ryan J. Reilly, HuffPost

Against a Domestic Terrorism Law Alex Pareene, New Republic

Cities Say They Want to Defund the Police. Their Budgets Say Otherwise. Fola Akinnibi, Sarah Holder, and Christopher Cannon, Bloomberg  

What Public Safety Without Police Looks Like Jerry Iannelli and Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal

Biden, a longtime ally of police, will enter White House pushing for reform Mark Berman and Tom Jackman, Washington Post

Newark cops, with reform, didn’t fire a single shot in 2020 Tom Moran, Newark Star-Ledger

On the Frontlines of Gun Violence Prevention, Lessons Learned From a Harrowing Year Ann Givens, J. Brian Charles, Lakeidra Chavis, and Jennifer Mascia, The Trace

Jaywalking and the Dilemma of ‘Victimless’ Crimes Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing

Life After Lynching in “Ashes to Ashes” Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker