In Atlanta, Fear of Violent Crime Creates Opportunity for a Polarizing Politician Richard Fausset, New York Times

Seattle mayor proposes increasing police staffing in 2022 budget David Kroman, Crosscut

Why National Police Reform Failed Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

‘I’m past angry’: Police shooting victims’ families, civil rights leaders condemn failed police reform talks Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN

What’s Next For Police Reform In Chicago And The US? Andrea Guthmann, WBEZ

Over A Dozen Officers Have Been Charged Since Colorado Passed Its Police Reform Laws Allison Sherry, NPR

Connecticut picks its first inspector general for investigating police killings Daniel Jackson, Courthouse News Service

ACLU Calls On Federal Prosecutors to Investigate the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Richard A. Webster, ProPublica

The Cops Who Touched Fentanyl New Republic

In a California Desert, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt. Emily Elena Dugdale and Irena Hwang, ProPublica

When School Feels Like Jail (2015) Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

It’s now illegal in Colorado to send kids to lockup for non-serious crimes. But what if they can’t go home? Jennifer Brown, Colorado Sun

Alabama plans to use COVID relief funds to finance prison-building spree Melody Schreiber, The Guardian

The Real Reason Behind the Crisis at Rikers Island Roshan Abraham, Slate

Rikers Island conditions so bad that prosecutors told not to ask for bail in nonviolent cases Aaron Katersky, ABC News

Judges, Prosecutors Are Making Rikers Island Crisis Worse Nick Pinto, The Intercept

Compassionate release became a life-or-death lottery for thousands of federal inmates during the pandemic Casey Tolan, CNN

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

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

San Francisco public defender sues court over trial delays AP News

As COVID Court Backlog Grows, Older Cases Get Dismissed The Crime Report

State Poised to End Mandatory Minimums for Drugs Benjamin Schneider, SF Weekly

What’s Driving the Media’s Gabby Petito Addiction Jack Shafer, Politico