13-year-old killed by police in Chicago, video footage released shows his hands up; BOP failed to address the pandemic; Biden looks to extend Trump's tough on drug policies — your weekly justice news
There’s been a deluge of death and police brutality. We cover that this week. Please skip and go watch puppies play if you’re over capacity and read this email later. Remember we are stronger together when we take care of our mental health!
blocked: An incarcerated women in Nebraska is suing for access to abortion after a warden blocked her from the medical procedure, according to a lawsuit. Omaha World-Herald (April 9, 2021)
death trap: San Diego’s only prison teemed with covid in Dec. Three of the people who died were found unresponsive in their cells. inewsource (April 8, 2021)
pipeline: Middle school is a key point where Black, Latino and Hispanic youth get funneled into the criminal justice system with suspensions and worse. Hechinger Report (April 8, 2021)
who do you call: Hope grows that retailers will reconsider calling the police for small level infractions. Star Tribune (April 12, 2021)
charged: Kim Potter, a Minneapolis police veteran, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after shooting Daunte Wright this month. Washington Post (April 14, 2021)d
treated different: Police were order to hold back aggressive tactics during Jan. 6 Capitol riots, a new internal investigation revealed. New York Times (April 13, 2021)
hard on drugs: The Biden administration looks to extend Trump’s mandatory minimum drug sentence, back tracking his progressive campaign promises. The Intercept (April 12, 2021)
too late: Though vaccines are finally entering Alabama prisons, the deaths are continuing. AL Reporter (April 12, 2021)
F-: An oversight hearing for the Federal Bureau of Prisons made one thing clear: they bombed addressing the pandemic leading to 230 deaths so far of inmates and staff. Courthouse News (April 15, 2021)
COVID-19 resources: State policy changes. News. Bureau of Prisons updates. State court changes. Prison holistic self care and protection.
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