Justice Newzzz

AL man escapes execution for now; FBI investigating Kinetik Justice's beating; CT to close 3 prisons in the coming months; PA governor commutes sentences, freeing 13 people — your weekly justice news

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now for the I didn’t screw up good news: We are launching a community board below that will offer space for action calls, announcements and other non-newsy good stuff. To post or be featured, just email us!


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ICYMI: How COVID-19 spread through San Quentin State prison. Mother Jones (Feb. 1, 2021)

stayed: Execution of Willie Smith in AL was canceled after the Supreme Court ruled that a spiritual adviser was required to be with him. More from EJIAL.com (Feb. 12, 2021)

essential death: Execution has been ruled an essential function in Alabama, a state leading the nation in COVID-19 deaths per capita. Southerly Mag (Feb. 9, 2021)

investigating: FBI launched a probe into correctional officers after the beating of AL prison activist Kinetik Justice last week. AP (Feb. 9, 2021)

not doing that again: After a man died in prison awaiting the governor’s signature in PA, the Gov. commuted 13 people facing life without parole. The Appeal (Feb. 12, 2021)

looking into it: Illinois attorney announced an investigation into the conditions at the St. Louis jail after inmates rebelled in protest and made national news. AP (Feb. 8, 2021)

from inside: “When The Prison Banned Board Games, We Played Chess In Our Minds." The Marshall Project (Feb. 11, 2021)

shuttered: CT announced it will close three prisons in the coming months due to falling inmate populations accelerated by pandemic releases. CT Mirror (Feb. 10, 2021)

not welcome back: Aurora, CO police officers fired after posting a smiling photo at the site of Elijah McClain’s police encounter that led to his death lose their appeal for their jobs back. Denver Post (Feb. 9, 2021)

beat down: New videos show Massachusetts cops brutalizing George Floyd protesters. The Appeal (Feb. 9, 2021)

Community board otherwise known as the few bright spots in a dark world

TruthOut launches Keeley Schenwar memorial 1,500 word essay from an incarcerated writer with prize of $3k / from life in prison to the CEO of Instagram for inside / help The Marshall Project report on COVID-19 in prisons and jails / a couple, both incarcerated for almost 50 years works to keep others out of prison / a social worker in Colorado is flooding the Denver jail with books ///

COVID-19 resources: State policy changesNewsBureau of Prisons updatesState court changesPrison holistic self care and protection.

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