COVID pandemic and isolation likely pushed spike in 2020 homicides and assaults James Alan Fox, USA Today

Violent crime is plentiful in Chicago, and smart crime-fighting ideas are in short supply Micheline Maynard, Washington Post

Democrats see political peril in replacing Minneapolis PD Steve Karnowski, AP News

The Local Elected Officials Who Are Tanking Police Reform Jessica Pishko, Slate

US Supreme Court rebuffs New Jersey police shooting ‘qualified immunity’ case Andrew Chung, Reuters

Supreme Court turns away closely watched criminal justice disputes Brad Kutner, Courthouse News

Justice Breyer Calls for Court to Review Death Penalty Jurisprudence as Oldest Man on Texas Death Row Fails to Have His Case Heard Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Missouri is slated to execute Ernest Johnson. Lawmakers and the pope want his life to be spared. Kim Bellware, Washington Post

Closing Rikers Island is a matter of life and death Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post

Dispatch From Deadly Rikers Island: “It Looks Like a Slave Ship in There.” Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project

At Rikers, Youth ‘Abandoned to Darkness’ Jeffrey A. Schwartz, The Crime Report

Crisis At Rikers: How NYC Judges Fueled An Increase In The City’s Jail Population George Joseph and Akash Mehta, Gothamist

Money Bail Is Unjust And Should End Will Snowden, Forbes

These Utahns are too poor to afford bail – and now they’re suing Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune

California voters rejected ‘zero bail.’ Now lawmakers weigh new overhaul of system Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

California Writes Off $534M in Justice Debt for Low-Income Residents The Crime Report

The US criminal justice system is failing sexual assault survivors. It needs a feminist overhaul Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

Gabby Petito and one way to break media’s ‘missing white woman syndrome’ Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times

White Riot Laura Nahmias, New York Magazine