The Complex Issues Behind a “Surge” in Violent Crime WBAL

2020 Uptick in Homicides Doesn’t Mean Criminal Justice Reforms Aren’t Working Ames Grawert and Alexander Horwitz, Brennan Center for Justice

Can America Reform Policing and Fight Crime at the Same Time? Charles M. Blow, New York Times

Congress fails on police reform. Now what? Hassan Kanu, Reuters

A Year After ‘Defund,’ Police Departments Get Their Money Back J. David Goodman, New York Times

Austin’s Defund the Police Lesson Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

Can Justice Reform Survive in Los Angeles? Lauren Sonnenberg, The Crime Report

Can Cecil Rhambo Establish Himself as the Reform Candidate to Beat in the Sheriff’s Race? Sam Youngman, LA Magazine

For the First Time in 232 Years, a Black Prosecutor Leads a Storied Office Benjamin Weiser, New York Times

After a criminal justice nightmare, he’s fighting the ‘broken’ system Premal Dharia, Washington Post

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge. Meribah Knight and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica/Nashville Public Radio

What Responsibility Do Courts Bear for the Crisis at Rikers Island? Ed Jones, The New Yorker

Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control Jan Ransom, Jonah E. Bromwich, and Rebecca Davis O’Brien, New York Times

The Chaos on Rikers Island James Barron, New York Times

Rikers Island nurses say Hochul-ordered inmate release not making a dent; COVID cases climbing Michael Gartland, New York Daily News

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

Biden needs to act on growing anti-death penalty sentiments Russ Feingold and Brett Tolman, The Hill

The state of the death penalty in the South a decade after a controversial execution Rebekah Barber, Facing South

Texas Law Says Jury Panels Must Be Chosen Randomly. A Brazoria County Official Had a Different Idea. Michael Hardy, Texas Monthly

A ‘Jim Crow jury’ prisoner fights for freedom Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens

When Mom Is In Prison – And When She Comes Home Anna Rawls, The Marshall Project

The Long American History of “Missing White Woman Syndrome” Helen Rosner, The New Yorker

True Crime Meets Greek Tragedy in Father-Daughter Murder Story Buried Julie Miller, Vanity Fair

Four Hours at the Capitol Trailer: ‘The Mob Is the Weapon’ Zoe Haylock, New York Magazine