domestic terrorism bills after the Capitol storming will impact BIPOC; half of Hawai'i's inmates got COVID; Illinois puts inmates in guards first in line to get vaccinated — your weekly justice news
be careful what you wish for: On the coattails of the Capitol storming, Florida Republicans are introducing legislation that targets Black Lives Matter protesters. They are one of 24 states to do so after the 2020 summer. Two states already passed the laws. The Appeal (Jan. 19, 2021)
input: As COVID-19 challenges inmates immune systems, advocates are highlighting prison food as a culprit for chronic health issues. Civil Eats (Jan. 21, 2021)
in the numbers: Police shoot more Black people and still remain on police forces despite problematic or violent misbehavior. An investigation backs this up with new numbers. NPR (Jan. 25, 2021)
first in line: Illinois is one of the only states putting inmates and guards at high priority for the COVID-19 vaccination. Daily Herald (Jan. 19, 2021)
deadly: Five inmates died from COVID-19 in Oregon in one weekend. OPB (Jan. 19, 2021)
not for you: DOJ accuses New Jersey jail of failing to provide adequate mental health care resulting in suicides. The Press of Atlantic City (Jan. 14, 2021)
innocently held: The percentage of people held pretrial for six months or longer is up six percent from January of last year, according to a UCLA School of Law report.” The Appeal (Jan. 21, 2021)
caught it: Almost half of Hawaiʻi’s inmates have caught COVID-19. A government committee is looking into the cause. Hawai’i Public Radio (Jan. 15, 2021)
still bad: Promise’s of reform after Freddie Grey was killed in Baltimore fall flat as a new ACLU report details hundreds of officers with chronic complaints against their conduct from citizens. The Appeal (Jan. 19, 2021)
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