Columbus mayor calls for probe into police force; rare bacteria outbreak in New Jersey prisons kept quiet and kills one; West VA looks to end syringe access — your weekly justice news
under the microscope: After the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant by a police officer last month, the Columbus Mayor has requested a federal probe of the police force. AP (April 28, 2021)
the wrong solution: Despite record high use of drugs in West Virginia, a new bill could almost totally end syringe provision. Filter (April 26, 2021)
support: Alabama’s Bureau of Pardons and Parole is pushing to expand the assistance available to people recently released. AL Reporter (April 26, 2021)
life saving: The Biden administration is moving to make Buprenorphine more mainstream. It’s a drug that reduces opioid relapses and overdose deaths. NPR (April 27, 2021)
out the door: Georgia’s turnover rate for juvenile detention officers is 97%. The state is hoping that higher pay can convince people to stay on for longer. GPB (April 26, 2021)
release them: New poll shows that voters support using clemency powers to revert mass incarceration. The Appeal (April 28, 2021)
diseased: An outbreak of Legionnaires, a rare form of pneumonia contracted through bacteria, in New Jersey’s prisons was kept quiet. One person died and another spent a month in a coma. The Intercept (April 29, 2021)
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