Murders Spiked in 2020 in Cities Across the United States Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times

Guns Drove a Historic Surge in Murders in 2020 Tom Kutsch, The Trace

Stop calling America’s murder crisis a ‘crime’ issue. It’s something far worse. Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

DC homicides fueled by rundown properties Cuneyt Dil, Axios

As gun violence spreads to small towns, one suburb contends with a mass shooting’s aftermath Jacob Bogage and Timothy Bella, Washington Post

Murders are spiking. Police should be part of the solution. German Lopez, Vox

As Congress delays legislative action, some communities take police reform into their own hands CBS News

Federal Police Reform Talks Have Failed – but Local Efforts Stand a Better Chance of Success Thaddeus L. Johnson and Natasha N. Johnson, Governing

State AGs are ‘stepping into the police reform business’ to hold officers accountable Emma Tucker, Peter Nickeas, and Christina Carrega, Jackson Progress-Argus

Attorneys General in Three States Move to Increase Police Accountability The Crime Report

Nonprofit grants propel prosecutor push on racial injustice Claudia Lauer, AP News

New York AG Letitia James weighs legal action over Rikers Crisis Kevin Dugan, AM New York

‘I Just Want to Be Normal’: A Mentally Ill Man’s Death at Rikers Jan Ransom and Jonah E. Bromwich, New York Times

What Will It Take to Finally Shut Down NYC’s Most Notorious Jail? Mary Harris, Slate

The Endless Catastrophe of Rikers Island Editorial Board, New York Times

Decarcerate Rikers Now Jessica González-Rojas, Inquest

Who Owns the Legacy of a Women’s Prison? Anna Russell, The New Yorker

Three decades into a 75-year prison sentence, Michael Cox may be the first person to get a commutation since 2019 Kelan Lyons, Connecticut Mirror

Inmates from another era, stuck behind bars after state law change, to be freed by Orleans DA John Simerman, NOLA.com

Wrongful Conviction, the Game! Charles Bethea, The New Yorker