There Are Fewer People Behind Bars Now Than 10 Years Ago. Will It Last? Weihua Li, David Eads, and Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project

Hochul Orders Release of 191 Detainees as Rikers Crisis Deepens Rebecca Davis O’Brien and Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Times

Amid Crisis At Rikers Island, Governor Hochul Signs The “Less Is More Act” George Joseph, Gothamist

Inside the Battle to Close Rikers (2019) Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

Rollback of Carceral System Reform Spurs Rikers Island Crisis Nick Pinto, The Intercept

At least 253 people have died in SC jails since 2009. ‘Why was nobody looking?’ Lucas Smolcic Larson, Island Packet

Utah’s parole board didn’t increase compassionate releases during the pandemic Jessica Miller and Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune

Ideas to reduce backlog by dismissing thousands of felony cases proves too far for Harris County Samantha Ketterer and Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle

I Am Serving 28 Years to Life. Why Does One Person Decide if I Deserve Mercy? John J. Lennon, New York Times

A Judge on a Mission Angel Harris, Inquest

How Progressives Are Knocking Out Local Judges Across the Country Ian Ward, Politico

Effort To Recall LA DA Gascón Fails; Backers Vow To Try Again Frank Stoltze, LAist

Don’t Blame Progressive Prosecutors for Rising Crime Jennifer Doleac, Bloomberg

Fund the police? Pushed by Biden, Democrat mayors divided how to use COVID money to fight crime Joey Garrison, USA Today

Austin wants to be a model of modern policing, but the future remains unclear Tony Plohetski, KVUE

Minnesota Poll: Most Minneapolis voters want reform, not fewer cops Kelly Smith, Minneapolis Star Tribune

‘You don’t go in Mr. Fuller’s yard’ Rachel Mipro, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting

Who Shot Walker Daugherty? Wes Ferguson, Texas Monthly

Robert Durst convicted of murdering his friend Susan Berman Matthew Ormseth and James Queally, Los Angeles Times

How HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ helped lead to millionaire Robert Durst’s murder conviction Timothy Bella, Washington Post

A throng of Internet sleuths are on the Gabby Petito case. Why has it sparked so much interest? Caroline Anders and Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post