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New Report Shows Homicide Rise Continues in U.S. Cities in 2021

Homicide rates remain below historical highs, but figures show 49% increase over same period in 2019.

States that Conducted Mass Coronavirus Testing in Prisons Reported Fewer COVID-19 Deaths Among Incarcerated Adults

States that conducted extensive COVID-19 testing in their prisons experienced significantly lower COVID-19 death rates behind bars than states that did not use a mass testing approach.

New Analysis Shows 8% Increase in U.S. Domestic Violence Incidents Following Pandemic Stay-At-Home Orders

A report released today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice shows that domestic violence incidents in the U.S. increased by 8.1% following the imposition of lockdown orders during the 2020 pandemic.

New Data Shows Sharp Rise in Homicide in U.S. Cities in 2020

Despite increase, homicide rates remain well below historical highs.

National Commission Recommends Reducing Density of Criminal Justice System Based on Lessons Learned During COVID-19

Led by Former U.S. AGs Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, diverse panel also says corrections staff, incarcerated people should be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus Infection Rates Remain Nearly Four Times Higher in State and Federal Prisons than in General Population

Half of early decline in jail population has been erased; average jail detention has doubled during the pandemic.

New Data Shows that Violent Crime Rates Remain Above 2019 Levels in Major American Cities

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice released a set of recommendations calling on leaders in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections to reduce COVID-19 in the criminal justice system.

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Former attorneys general – Criminal justice reform vital to slow spread of COVID-19

Former attorneys general Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales explain the connections between criminal justice reform and slowing COVID-19 in prisons in this USA Today opinion piece.

National Commission Issues Recommendations to Contain Coronavirus, Improve Justice System Readiness for Future Health Crises

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice released a set of recommendations calling on leaders in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections to reduce COVID-19 in the criminal justice system.

New Report Shows Rise in Homicides, Steep Drop in Property and Drug Offenses in Major U.S. Cities

Research for the National Commission on COVID-19 and criminal justice explores urban crime trends amid pandemic, ongoing social unrest.

Study Released by National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice Finds Coronavirus Infection, Death Rates in Prison Vary Widely Among States

Separate report finds that local jail populations decreased an average of 31% early in the pandemic before rising again in May.

Former U.S. Attorneys General Gonzales and Lynch to Lead National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

Diverse expert panel will assess pandemic’s impacts and produce roadmap for immediate and long-term reforms.