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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Moral Opposition to the Death Penalty Equal Justice Initiative

‘This is not justice’: Justice Sonia Sotomayor offers fierce dissent in death penalty case Raul A. Reyes, NBC News

‘Expedited Spree of Executions’ Faced Little Supreme Court Scrutiny Adam Liptak, New York Times

Trump Targeted the Mentally Ill With His Lame Duck Execution Spree Austin Sarat, Slate

Biden campaigned on eliminating death penalty – we could soon see how that turns out Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Illinois State Lawmakers Vote To Eliminate Cash Bail Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal

Illinois Will End Cash Bail – and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration Isaac Scher, The Intercept

Thousands of Illinois Drivers Would Get Their Licenses Back Under a Criminal Justice Reform Bill Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica

Seven of Eight Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Support Parole and Sentencing Reform Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette

Man Who Sat on Death Row Is Cleared After Bite-Mark Evidence Is Doubted Jacey Fortin and Allyson Waller, New York Times

Judge approves shorter sentence for convicted murderer turned prison mentor Kelan Lyons, Connecticut Mirror

Lawmakers have another chance to address Mississippi’s prisons before it’s too late Steven Randle and J. Robertson, Jackson Clarion-Ledger

2 inmates die, many more ill in COVID-19 prison outbreak Oregon Public Broadcasting

California urged to move inmates to front of COVID-19 vaccine line Don Thompson, AP News

Denver Broncos players push governor on prison policy: “Football is temporary. Being a Black man in America is permanent.” Alexander Burness, Greeley Tribune

AM Stories

The Boogaloo Bois Prepare for Civil War Michael J. Mooney, The Atlantic

Extremists move to secret online channels to plan for Inauguration Day in DC Anna Schecter, NBC News

Armed ‘militias’ are illegal. Will authorities finally crack down if they show up at state capitals next week? Will Carless, USA Today

Feds edge closer to sedition charge in Capitol riot aftermath Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein, Politico

Felony Murder and the Storming of the Capitol Carissa Byrne Hessick, Lawfare

The DOJ’s Promised Probe Into Capitol Riot Raises Alarm About Prosecutorial Overreach Alice Speri, The Intercept

The Last Thing We Need Is Another War on Terror Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast

The Capitol Police Had One Mission. Now the Force Is in Crisis. Shaila Dewan, Ali Watkins, and John Eligon, New York Times

Lafayette Square, Capitol rallies met starkly different policing response Rachel Chason and Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops Michael Biesecker, Jake Bleiberg, and James LaPorta, AP News

US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds Lois Beckett, The Guardian

NY attorney general sues NYPD over Floyd protest response Michael R. Sisak, AP News

They Took Umbrellas to a Black Lives Matter Protest. The DA Hit Them with Gang Charges Meg O’Connor, The Appeal

An FBI Agent Went Undercover to Study White Supremacists. Now He’s Speaking Out About Racist Police. Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

“MLK/FBI” Forbids Us to Relax Anthony Lane, The New Yorker