PM Stories

How Biden Can Reverse Trump’s Death Penalty Expansion Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project

‘This horror has to stop’: Spiritual advisers to death row inmates decry recent wave of federal executions Dakin Andone, CNN

Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty Ivan Pereira, ABC News

Virginia’s move to end capital punishment has a major flaw Ashley Nellis, Washington Post

Another Texas GOP lawmaker is attempting to make abortion punishable by the death penalty Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune

Sentenced to death, but innocent: These are stories of justice gone wrong. Phillip Morris, National Geographic

Former Alabama AG Urges A New Trial To Prove Death Row Inmate’s Innocence WBUR

San Quentin parolee wins ruling on elderly release Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

‘I thought I was gonna die in prison’: How COVID is opening NC prison gates Virginia Bridges, Raleigh News & Observer

Oregon’s prisons have offered a vaccine to every inmate in custody Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Meanwhile In Albany, Lawmakers Consider An Ambitious Array Of Criminal Justice Reforms Christopher Robbins, Gothamist

Storytime Lets Fathers Form Bonds From Behind Bars Ludwig Hurtado, New York Times

The Poet Corey Mead, Truly*Adventurous

‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Review: Netflix Doc on College Admissions Scandal Proves System Is Broken Eric Kohn, IndieWire

AM Stories

Merrick Garland confirmed as attorney general Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post

Key quotes from US attorney general nominee Garland on criminal justice policies Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu, Reuters

US House set to vote on bills to expand gun background checks David Shepardson, Reuters

Biden Should Push States and Cities to Use Stimulus Money for Gun Violence Prevention Joseph V. Sakran, Chethan Sathya, and Corey Ciorciari, Scientific American

America’s surge in violence: Why we must reduce violent crime for prison reform to work Adam Gelb, USA Today

LA’s top prosecutor adopted major reforms. Law enforcement is fighting to block every policy Sam Levin, The Guardian

After racial justice protests, Oklahoma lawmakers push pro-police, anti-protest bills Carmen Forman, The Oklahoman

American Battlefield: 72 Hours in Kenosha Doug Bock Clark, GQ

The Tension Inside George Floyd Square Is Unbearable Right Now Aymann Ismail, Slate

What happened on the first day of jury selection at the Derek Chauvin trial? Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times

Judge reinstates third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death Brad Parks and Eric Levenson, CNN

Police Unions Won Power Using His Playbook. Now He’s Negotiating the Backlash. Michael H. Keller and Kim Barker, New York Times

‘Elijah Is Touching Hearts Everywhere’: Sheneen McClain On Her Son Inspiring Police Reform Allison Sherry, Colorado Public Radio

Social Workers Instead of Police? Denver’s 911 Experiment Is a Promising Start Alissa Walker, New York Magazine