PM Stories

US Incarcerated Population Dropped Below 2 Million Last Year For First Time Since 2003 CJ Ciaramella, Reason

California Lawmakers Up Ante Against Money Bail With Pair of Bills Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News

Jason Williams says office won’t oppose parole bids as new DA launches reform agenda John Simerman, NOLA.com

Queens Prosecutors Long Overlooked Misconduct. Can a New DA Do Better? Troy Closson, New York Times

As prison COVID-19 deaths rise rapidly, inmates’ relatives, advocates sound alarm Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Limited Testing in Mississippi Prisons May Be Obscuring Virus’s Toll Rebecca Griesbach and Maura Turcotte, New York Times

Justice delayed: Philly courts backlog leaves many jailed for months without a hearing Samantha Melamed and Chris Palmer, Philadelphia Inquirer

The first bail fund in the Philly suburbs raised $100K. But that was the easy part. Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Background Checks and Blocked Opportunities’: A Guide to Navigating Reentry Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

Biden’s executive orders on criminal justice should extend to inmates sent home by COVID Jeremy Travis, Kevin Ring, and Inimai Chettiar, USA Today

Biden must not miss the urgency of the moment on criminal justice reform Editorial Board, Boston Globe

As Biden Dumps For Profit Prisons With New Exec Order, 100 Criminal Justice Leaders – Including LA DA George Gascón & A List Of Other Prosecutors – Urge POTUS To End Death Penalty Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA

20th anniversary of Earl Washington’s freedom nears as abolition of Va. death penalty is considered Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rosa Jimenez, Convicted on ‘Junk Science,’ Set for Release After More Than 15 Years in Prison Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal

How the head of Marvel Entertainment and a headstrong lawyer quietly convinced Donald Trump to free a West Baltimore man Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun

Netflix’s New True-Crime Series Checks Into LA’s Deadliest Hotel Dan Jackson, Thrillist

AM Stories

The Persistence of Hate In American Politics Aryeh Neier, New Republic

Homeland Security worries extremists ‘emboldened’ by Capitol riots may cause more violence Kevin Johnson, USA Today

What it will take to fight the threat of violent right-wing militias Mary B. McCord, Los Angeles Times

FBI Capitol Riot Investigation Shifts Gears Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Aruna Viswanatha, and Erin Ailworth, Wall Street Journal

Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation Alan Feuer and Frances Robles, New York Times

Meet the police chief turned yoga instructor prodding wealthy suburbanites to civil war Radley Balko, Washington Post

Police Departments Search For Political Extremism In Ranks Following Capitol Riot Martin Kaste, NPR

State Capitols Reckon With Racism in Policing Matt Vasilogambros, PEW Stateline

Breonna Taylor Is One of a Shocking Number of Black People to See Armed Police Barge Into Their Homes Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

The Houston Cop Charged With Murdering Dennis Tuttle During a Disastrous Drug Raid Portrays His Victim As the Aggressor Jacob Sullum, Reason

Policing Task Force Calls for Chokehold Ban, Curbs on No-Knock Warrants Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report

A Road Map for Getting Rid of Racist Cops Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

How Dallas police are reducing shootings of unarmed citizens John Shjarback, Michael White, and Stephen Bishopp, Dallas Morning News

A podcast about defunding the police and rethinking public safety Sara Bernard and David Kroman, Crosscut