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"Incarcerated Person In Washington Calls For Prisoners To Receive Early Vaccine Consideration," by Peter O'Dowd and Samantha Raphelson, NPR, January 14, 2021
"Nearly Half Of All Inmates In Alaska Have Tested Positive For COVID-19," by Lex Treinen, NPR, January 15, 2021
"A Looming 'Avalanche'?: When Juries Restart, Georgia Set to Face Mounting Backlogs in Civil and Criminal Courts," by Greg Land, Daily Report, January 12, 2021
"Kansas inmates will get the COVID-19 vaccine before most of the public. Here’s why," by Sydney Hoover, The Kansas City Star, January 11, 2021
"Losing a Loved One Twice: First to Prison, Then to Covid," by Jacey Fortin, New York Times, January 13, 2021
"N.C. mulls incentives for prison inmates who get vaccinated," by Bryan Anderson, Associated Press, January 07, 2021
"Incarcerated people over 70 to start receiving vaccinations next week, governor says," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, January 06, 2021
"New York's Prisons Transfers Increased COVID-19 Risk For Sick, Elderly Men," by Alice Speri, The Intercept, January 08, 2021
"Opinion: End the silence about what Covid-19 is doing to America's prisons," by Elizabeth Warren, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and Kathryn Nowotny, CNN, January 05, 2021
"'The Facts of This Case Are a Microcosm,' Defense Lawyers' Group Says in Amicus Challenge to Virtual Grand Jury Proceedings," by Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal, January 05, 2021
"‘Absolute chaos and terrifying.’ The coronavirus is running rampant through N.J. prison again.," by Joe Atmonavage, NJ.com, January 06, 2021
"A Texas man was sent to trial with the coronavirus. Jurors weren’t told they were exposed until after deliberations ended.," by Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune, January 05, 2021
"COVID-19 Active in Dozens of New York Prisons, With More Than 800 Active Cases," by Ryan Tarinelli, New York Law Journal, January 05, 2021
"‘Leaving us to die’: Missouri inmates allege state has mismanaged response to COVID," by Katie Moore, The Kansas City Star, January 04, 2021
"COVID-19 Vaccines Headed to Rikers Island and Other City Jails," by Reuven Blau, The City, January 03, 2021