police reform in congress faces road blocks; St. Louis leads in child murders, they are going unsolved; are life sentences just long drawn out executions? — your weekly justice news
roadblocks: Police reform named after George Floyd faces blocks in Congress and in the states despite broad public support. The Center for Public Integrity (Mar. 12, 2021)
not so much: Biden DOJ pick back pedals on drug decriminalization during confirmation hearings. Marijuana Moment (Mar. 11, 2021)
healthcare: Women are leading the push for a safe supply of drugs like heroine and meth in Canada. Filter (Mar. 10, 2021)
kids aren’t allright: White kids were released at higher rates from juvenile detention then their nonwhite peers when the pandemic first began - the result is more kids of color staying locked up for longer than before. The Marshall Project (date)
abuse of power: Illinois guard pleads guilty to the beating death of a handcuffed inmate in 2018. The New York Times (Mar. 9, 2021)
left to defend themselves: St. Louis leads the country in child murders and the numbers are climbing - out of 30 child murders in 2019 and 2020, none have been prosecuted. River Front Times (Mar. 10, 2021)
judged: The Biden administration is preparing a “pipeline” of federal judges. Axios (Mar. 4, 2021)
undercover: Houston cops went undercover in a homeless encampment to bust a man for less than one gram of meth - the jail there is still overcrowded. The Appeal (Mar. 9, 2021)
inhumane: Are life sentences a human alternative to the death penalty or just a long drawn out death of decades behind bars? Mother Jones (Mar. 12, 2021)
poll: Maryland Voters Want Major Youth Justice Reform according to a new poll. The Appeal (Mar. 8, 2021)
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