What the Media Gets Wrong About Last Year’s Uptick in Murders Jonathan Ben-Menachem, Slate

Blame for surging murder rate in Florida depends on politics Fred Grimm, South Florida Sun Sentinel

America’s two crime problems Joel Mathis, The Week

More Than Half of Police Killings Are Mislabeled, New Study Says Tim Arango and Shaila Dewan, New York Times

Subduing Suspects Face Down Isn’t Fatal, Research Has Said. Now the Research Is on Trial. Shaila Dewan, New York Times

After failing in Congress, does police reform stand a better chance at a local level? Ari Shapiro, NPR

Blue cities forge ahead with their own police reforms Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Police posted a photo of a man they say stole diapers from Walmart. Strangers across the country came to his defense. Cathy Free, Washington Post

‘Hell on Earth’: Crisis at Rikers Island Sparks Calls for Biden to Act Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone

The jail on Rikers Island is both appalling and generously funded The Economist

De Blasio has the power to release more Rikers detainees. Here’s why he won’t do it. Gloria Pazmino, Spectrum News

DOJ Lawsuit Against Alabama Prison System Resurfaces Amid Plans to Expand It With COVID Funds Christina Zhao, Newsweek

Alabama Wants to Use $400 Million in COVID Relief Money to Build More Prisons Caleb Ecarma, Vanity Fair

Texas Ends Solitary Confinement As Punishment, But Still Keeps Thousands Alone In Cells Trey Shaar, KUT

Washington DOC ends use of solitary confinement as punishment after study shows it doesn’t work Mike Carter, Seattle Times

Elderly prisoners pose little risk, so why won’t the state let some of them free? Editorial Board, Boston Globe

They Were Promised a Chance at Parole in 10 Years. It’s Been 50. Neil Vigdor, New York Times

Journalists bungled coverage of the Attica uprising. 50 years later, the consequences remain. Erik Wemple, Washington Post

Food dye as paint, hair as a brush: how a lifer found an escape in art Duncan Campbell, The Guardian

The rise of ‘citizen sleuths’: the true crime buffs trying to solve cases Amelia Tait, The Guardian

Why true crime is a white woman’s genre – and the impact it’s having on society WBUR

If I Am Taken, Will Anyone Look For Me? Ruth Hopkins, New York Magazine