VA abolishes the death penalty; federal covid relief will fund crisis teams to replace some police responses; Derek Chauvin's trial begins today — your weekly justice news
finally: After 400 years, Virginia becomes the first southern state to abolish the death penalty. Washington Post (Mar. 23, 2021)
torture: The “High Side” of A Rhode Island prison comes under scrutiny for its use of solitary confinement. UpriserRI (Mar. 22, 2021)
a solution: The policy package named after George Floyd has received blowback, The BREATHE Act offers a community built solution. NPR (Mar. 23, 2021)
replaced: The latest covid relief provides funding for crisis response teams that would replace some police responses. High Country News (Mar. 23, 2021)
election: Philadelphia’s progressive prosecutor made it through his first term, but his election will show whether people truly buy into leaving behind “Law and Order.” The Appeal (Mar. 22, 2021)
Floyd: The final juror has been selected for Derek Chauvin’s trial. Arguments will begin today. Star Tribune (Mar. 23, 2021)
undercover: An auditor reported serious lapses in the investigations of police killings in The District of Columbia. DCist (Mar. 23, 2021)
neglect: The 63rd inmate in Alabama has died of covid. Despite inmates being eligible for vaccines for over 45 days, none have been administered. AL Reporter (Mar. 22, 2021)
all around: Phoniex, AZ is considering funding a replacement to police responses within their fire department, but the budget includes a $3.7 million increase to the police’s $745 million budget. The Appeal (Mar. 19, 2021)
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