A Handgun for Christmas Lisa Miller, New York Magazine

After Another Mass Shooting, Questions Loom About the Role of Parents Mitch Smith, Jack Healy, Frances Robles, and Shaila Dewan, New York Times

Parkland gunman’s death penalty trial begins as US reels from mass shootings Tim Craig, Washington Post

Parkland School Gunman Faces Death Penalty in Rare Trial Patricia Mazzei and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times

Life or death for Parkland shooter? Trial will take months Terry Spencer, AP News

Michigan’s last execution 84 years ago: That man’s story and a look at the death penalty today Morgan Russ and Kayla Clarke, Click On Detroit

The Vindication of Stephen Breyer Jeremy Stahl, Slate

The Cause of the Crime Wave Is Hiding in Plain Sight Alec MacGillis, The Atlantic

Republicans Complain About Violent Crime, But They Don’t Want to Talk About The Cause Nathalie Baptiste, HuffPost

Bail reform emerges as new flashpoint in midterm messaging on crime Janelle Griffith, NBC News

Don’t Blame Bail Reform for Gun Violence Allie Preston and Rachael Eisenberg, Center for American Progress

As Violent Crime Rises in Portland and Across the Nation, Should Progressive Reforms Bear the Blame? Lucas Manfield, Willamette Week

Upheaval in the San Francisco DA’s Office After Brooke Jenkins Appointment Tana Ganeva, The Intercept

Brooke Jenkins calls herself a progressive prosecutor. Should we believe her? Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle

DC Could Take A Pivotal Piece Of The Criminal Justice System Back From Federal Control. Why Is It Taking So Long? Jenny Gathright, DCist

Two Cities Took Different Approaches to Pandemic Court Closures. They Got Different Results. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica

A Vermont Prosecutor Expanded Restorative Justice. Now She’s Defending It At the Polls. Piper French, Bolts Magazine

Rethinking prison as a deterrent to future crime Jamie Santa Cruz, Knowable Magazine

Abolitionist Jazz: New album brings prisoner’s music to life John Malkin, Santa Cruz Sentinel

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