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Democrats Have No Excuse Not to Reform the Criminal Justice System Veronique de Rugy, Reason

DOJ Pulls Trump Administration’s Harsh Charging And Sentencing Policy Ryan J. Reilly, HuffPost

Justice Department Rescinds Trump-Era Memo Ordering Prosecutors To Seek Harshest Sentences CJ Ciaramella, Reason

After Trump, Democrats set out on a mission to ‘repair the courts’ Sahil Kapur, NBC News

Biden Is The First President To Openly Oppose The Death Penalty. He Can Help End It. Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

A Rush to Execute David Cole, New York Review of Books

Report: Bureau of Prisons Withheld Information on Positive COVID-19 Tests Among Federal Execution Witnesses Michael Balsamo and Michael Tarm, Time

Our Reporters Who’ve Been Covering The Federal Executions Now Have COVID George Hale, Indiana Public Media

Commutation in sight, Pa. lifer Bruce Norris died of COVID-19 awaiting governor’s approval Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

As Prisons And Jails In California Battle COVID-19, Some Inmate Deaths Go Uncounted Mary Plummer and Sofía Mejías-Pascoe, KPBS

Prisons have already failed to contain COVID-19. What happens when the new variants arrive? Aviva Stahl, Vox

NC to offer inmates incentives to get COVID shots. Will new plan stem deadly tide? Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer

Prisoners over 70 in state-run facilities receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine (Louisiana) Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens

Dallas prosecutors say false testimony led to man’s conviction in 1987 robbery, paving his path to freedom Dana Branham, Dallas Morning News

‘An Awful Mistake’ Might Soon Be Fixed — Finally Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic

After Eighteen Years Behind Bars for a Crime She Didn’t Commit, Rosa Jimenez Is Finally Free Michael Hall, Texas Monthly

AM Stories

A DHS warning about domestic extremism points to unexpected challenges Greg Sargent, Washington Post

“This Is War”: Inside the Secret Chat Where Far-Right Extremists Devised Their Post-Capitol Plans Logan Jaffe and Jack Gillum, ProPublica

How The NRA Helped Foment An Armed Insurrection At The Capitol Christopher Mathias, HuffPost

Investigation into US Capitol riot moves into more complicated phase Evan Perez and David Shortell, CNN

3 People From Extremist ‘Oath Keepers’ Indicted On Capitol Riot Conspiracy Charges Dustin Jones, NPR

Tennessee man with zip ties at Capitol could face charges of sedition, other felonies after riot, prosecutors say Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post

Meet The Woman Facing Some Of The Most Serious Capitol Riot Charges Jessica Garrison and Ken Bensinger, BuzzFeed News

Did Trump and His Supporters Commit Treason? Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker

31 police officers are under investigation over their suspected involvement in the Capitol riot, as departments face pressure to weed out white nationalists Tom Porter, Business Insider

What the Capitol insurgency reveals about white supremacy and law enforcement Rashawn Ray, Brookings Institution

We took a look inside the Capitol Police budget after the deadly riot Erin Mansfield and Carlie Procell, USA Today

Better policing begins with accountability and an end to qualified immunity Ben Cohen, USA Today

It’s Time for Police to Stop Lying to Suspects Saul Kassin, New York Times

Seattle Cut Its Police Budget. Now the Public Will Decide How To Spend the Money. Manjeet Kaur, The Appeal

How reform gave way to ‘Defund the Police’ in Seattle Crosscut