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In April 2020, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee did not list gun stores as essential businesses that could stay open during his Stay-at-Home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, some retail gun shops followed orders by then-President Trump and state Republicans who advised that the firearms industry could remain open. There was an uptick in gun and ammo sales. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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In early December last year, a video captured part of a shootout and attempted carjacking. A retired firefighter died. Chicago police say one of the four suspects was 15 years old. Chicago Police Department/screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Juveniles Part Of A Huge Increase In Carjackings Across The Country

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The IRS distributed the second round of stimulus money to eligible inmates using debit cards, which state prisons are unable to process. Correctional officials have communicated the problem to the federal agency, but it's unclear what steps the IRS will take to fix it. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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After The Capitol Attack, Does Police MAGA Sentiment Cross The Line?

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Pro-Trump supporters breeched security and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Federal authorities as well as several local departments are looking into whether any off-duty officers were involved in the attack. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday at the federal correctional complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP hide caption

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U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery, The Only Woman On Federal Death Row

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In New York City, homicides were up nearly 40% over the previous year by Dec. 20, 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the numbers should worry New Yorkers. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive 1-Year Rise In Homicide Rates Collided With The Pandemic In 2020

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A crowd gathers for a rally to demand justice in the death of Breonna Taylor on the steps of the the Kentucky State Capitol in June. Taylor was killed in her apartment while Louisville police served a warrant. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Police line up in Philadelphia on Oct. 28 following two nights of protesting and unrest after the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by police. Philadelphia was among the cities approving oversight measures. Gabriella Audi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators hold placards reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "Walter Wallace JR." and DEFUND PPD" as they gather in protest near the location where Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia. Police officers said he was armed with a knife. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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'I Just Start Cutting.' Self-Harm Incidents Surge In Arizona Prisons

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Nurses and community faith leaders participate in a protest outside the Cook County Jail in Chicago, on April 10, 2020, calling for the release of prisoners from the jail. A federal judge ordered Cook County Jail to take prompt action to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including to make sure that the more than 4,000 detainees have access to adequate soap and sanitizer. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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The COVID-19 Struggle In Chicago's Cook County Jail

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department van enters the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on April 1, 2020. California is planning to release as many as 3,500 inmates who were due to be paroled in the next two months as it tries to free space in cramped prisons in anticipation of a coronavirus outbreak, state officials said. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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New inmates with a mental illness arrive daily in the Los Angeles County jail system. It now holds more than 5,000 inmates with a mental illness who've had run-ins with the law. Zo? van Dijk for NPR hide caption

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America's Mental Health Crisis Hidden Behind Bars

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Family members who have lost a loved one because of gun violence leave remembrance items inside the glass bricks of the four houses that are the cornerstone of the Gun Violence Memorial Project. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Nearly 700 People In The U.S. Die From Gun Violence Each Week; A Memorial Honors Them

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Nick Selby and NYPD officer Luis Sayan interview a retired New York City teacher who lost more than $300,000 to online scammers posing as Chinese police. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Coaxing Cops To Tackle Cybercrime? There's An App For That

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New York police Sgt. Damon Martin in the 75th Precinct field intelligence office, where the walls are covered with photos of seized illegal guns. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Does New York City Need Gun Control?

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More than 40 states currently have a felony murder law, which juvenile justice advocates believe unfairly impacts young people. Some lawmakers in states such as Illinois and California have sought to enact reform. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Juvenile Justice Groups Say Felony Murder Charges Harm Children, Young Adults

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A man wearing a Stronger Than Hate yarmulke stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the site of a shooting that killed 11 worshippers in 2018. Anti-Semitic homicides in the U.S. reached their highest level ever as a result of the shooting. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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