The spike in gun violence continues, with 2021 on pace to be the worst year in decades Holmes Lybrand, CNN

On the front lines of the US homicide epidemic: Milwaukee faces historic violence Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times

Hate crimes in Florida appeared to have dropped in 2020. That’s not necessarily true C. Isaiah Smalls II and Karen Wang, Miami Herald

“The cops didn’t make it any better”: Perspectives on police and guns among survivors of gun violence Kathleen M. O’Neill, Michelle C. Salazar, Cecilio Vega, Anthony Campbell, Elijah Anderson, and James Dodington, ScienceDirect

A Utah first: Data that shows the race of people police shoot at Paighten Harkins, Jessica Miller, Muna Mohamed, Taylor Eldridge, and Sam Stecklow, Salt Lake Tribune

New Data on Utah Police Shootings and Race Called ‘Extremely Uncomfortable,’ ‘Disappointing’ Paighten Harkins, Jessica Miller, Muna Mohamed, Taylor Eldridge, and Sam Stecklow, PBS Frontline

Flashlight beatings, chokings and threats: Dallas officer faced multiple allegations of brutality Miles Moffeit, Cassandra Jaramillo, and Madi Alexander, Dallas Morning News

Philly cops will get raises in their new contract. It’s a mixed bag for Kenney’s police reform hopes. Sean Collins Walsh and Chris Palmer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Police unions vs. vaccine mandates: The workers drawing a line in the COVID battle Jon Skolnik, Salon

‘My dad didn’t have a fighting chance’: COVID is leading cause of death among law enforcement Janelle Griffith, NBC News

COVID Is Surging Back Into Rikers and NYC Jails George Joseph, Gothamist

Virus infections at a California jail quadruple in less than a week. Eduardo Medina, New York Times

Op-ed: To slow the spread of COVID-19, Illinois must decarcerate Erika Tyagi, Chicago Tribune

Confinement and COVID-19: A Plea for Humanity for People in Prison Shira Kieval, Alexandria Soybel, Zackary Berger, and Panagis Galiatsatos, Newsweek

Biden Considering Options To Avoid Returning Federal Inmates To Prison Post COVID-19 Walter Pavlo, Forbes

Biden’s Conservative Vision on Clemency Tana Ganeva, New Republic

Is Biden ending the death penalty? Frank R. Baumgartner, Washington Post

Opinion: Supreme Court paused one execution. Now US should abolish the death penalty. Houston Chronicle

Execution dates set for Julius Jones, 6 other Oklahoma death row inmates Nolan Clay, The Oklahoman

After Lethal Injection (2015) Maurice Chammah, Eli Hager, and Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project

Reasonable doubt Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader

How the Case of Gabrielle Petito Galvanized the Internet Katherine Rosman, New York Times

True crime meets televangelism in the grifter film ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Joseph Bien-Kahn, SFGate