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