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"Defendants and reopening plans put to test as some SC courts test waters amid pandemic," by Sara Coello, The Post and Courier, August 13, 2020
"How ICE Data Undercounts COVID-19 Victims," by Dan Glaun, PBS, August 11, 2020
"Prison Inmate Hanged Himself With Coronavirus Mask, Officials Say," by Neil Vigdor, New York Times, August 13, 2020
"With First Jury Trials Set to Begin, Defense Lawyers Are Wary of the State's New Format," by Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal, August 13, 2020
"Justice by Zoom: Frozen video, a cat — and finally a verdict," by Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, August 12, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, August 12, 2020
"How America’s jails are helping spread covid-19," by The Economist, The Economist, August 11, 2020
"Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor should release many more.," by Luis Polanco, Jr., Oregon Live, August 12, 2020
"San Quentin’s coronavirus outbreak shows why ‘herd immunity’ could mean disaster," by Rong-Gong Lin II and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2020
"Judge orders ICE to stop transfers into Virginia facility hit hard by coronavirus," by Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, August 11, 2020
"Texas Judge Holds First Virtual Jury Trial in Criminal Case," by David Lee, Courthouse News Service, August 11, 2020
"COVID Has Reduced Prison Populations Around the World—Creating a Rare Chance to Fix the System," by Gavin Butler, VICE, August 10, 2020
"Inside the federal prison where three out of every four inmates have tested positive for coronavirus," by Casey Tolan, Nelli Black and Drew Griffin, CNN, August 08, 2020
"35 Michigan prisoners kept in segregation for more than 4 months because of coronavirus," by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, August 08, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, August 10, 2020