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Bill reduces military equipment available to police

Police | Some question the wisdom of the change as civil unrest escalates
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/13/21, 05:10 pm

Congress’ new defense spending bill shrank a controversial program that provides military weapons to police departments. On Jan. 1, Congress overrode President Donald Trump’s veto to pass the $731 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, which funds troop levels and purchases of military equipment, included new restrictions on the Defense Department’s 1033 program, which drew criticism during this past summer’s protests against police brutality.

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Where do prisoners fit in the line for vaccines?

Compassion | States debate the ethics of giving inmates COVID-19 immunizations before others
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/13/21, 01:21 pm

Michelle Bailey, 48, was an inmate at Plane State Jail in Dayton, Texas, when the coronavirus pandemic hit. She wasn’t nervous initially. “We’re a locked-up population,” she remembered thinking. “We’re good, unless the guards bring it in to us.”

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Overdose deaths hit record

Compassion | The plague of synthetic opioids worsened in 2020
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/06/21, 01:11 pm

In 2020, a record 621 people in San Francisco died of drug overdoses, up from 441 in 2019 and more than three times the number of COVID-19 deaths in the county. Across the country, the coronavirus killed far more people than illegal drugs did, but San Francisco’s plight underscores how the opioid epidemic continued to rage in the shadow of the pandemic.

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