‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the US, report finds Sahil Kapur and Jon Schuppe, NBC News

Bail reform bill pulled as lawmakers weigh crime fears among public Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle

Even after bail reform, cash, not risk, is king in Texas Editorial Board, Dallas Morning News

Texas bill to require cash bail for those accused of violent crimes becomes law Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune

How calls to ‘defund the police’ took Austin to a crossroads of police reform Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman

Racist Policing And Inappropriate Use Of Force: Aurora Police, Fire Rescue Routinely Violate State And Federal Law, AG Finds Allison Sherry and Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio

Judge suspends Minnesota’s tougher standards on deadly force AP News

Former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights plead not guilty Holly Bailey, Washington Post

Analysis: Here’s how Chicago’s most powerful police union preserves tradition of problematic leadership Emanuella Evans and Adeshina Emmanuel, InjusticeWatch

NJ top cop notes COVID-related deaths among police as unions continue anti-mandate push Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor

COVID-19’s effects on police departments in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio Niyazi Ekici and Dean C. Alexander, Security Magazine

He lost one-third of his life to a wrongful conviction. Then he died of COVID-19. Kim Bellware, Washington Post

Oklahoma prisons have stopped widespread COVID testing even as cases spike again across the state Clifton Adcock, The Frontier

Court backlogs have increased by an average of one-third during the pandemic, new report finds Lyle Morgan, ABA Journal

Justice Delayed: City Jail Staff Shortage Keeps Detainees From Getting to Court Reuven Blau, The City

10 Deaths, Exhausted Guards, Rampant Violence: Why Rikers Is in Crisis Jonah E. Bromwich and Jan Ransom, New York Times

New report documents increasingly dire staffing crisis in Nebraska prisons Sara Gentzler, Omaha World-Herald

Violence Behind Bars: The Hidden Abuse Rory Fleming, The Crime Report

Incarcerated artists show work at Attica-themed art exhibit John Camera, Spectrum News

The Fascinating, Inoculated World of Crime Without Gore Alyse Burnside, The Atlantic

Cops is coming back and that’s a depressing sign of the times Charles Bramesco, The Guardian