SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Coronavirus and the crime rate, a call for open crime data

Coronavirus continues to effect domestic violence, crime on subways, a call for researchers to embrace open crime data, looking at effectiveness and equity, GA no longer allows private companies to copyright the law, and more...


Policing during a pandemic (Part 1): A new normal (CCX Media)

Life as a prosecutor during coronavirus: People spitting at grocery clerks, telling police they have COVID-19 during arrests (CPR News)

Effectiveness vs equity in policing: Is a tradeoff inevitable? (

Baltimore police have seized 165 illegal firearms, arrested 19 murder suspects during coronavirus state of emergency (CBS Baltimore)

RPD, other agencies tracking calls for service over groups larger than 10 (WDBJ)

Thousands of criminal charges delayed during the pandemic, Maricopa County data shows (AZCentral)

COVID-19: PGPD temporarily suspends beard policy and issues N95 masks to officers (WJLA)


Not every COVID-19 testing site is legit (FTC)

As domestic violence spikes in LA, this team delivers food and toys to help (LAist) see also: Is domestic violence rising during the coronavirus shutdown? Here’s what the data shows. (The Marshall Project)

Crime up, arrests down on subways despite record-low ridership (NYPost) see also: Coronavirus in Austin: Overall arrests plummet, but domestic violence rises (Alice Echo News Journal) and also: Chief: ‘Not typical’ to have 29 homicides in Cincinnati by April; pandemic could be factor (WCPO)

Gangs forced to change tactics in response to closed borders and COVID-19 impacts (The Globe and Mail)


The Los Angeles Police Department Says It Is Dumping A Controversial Predictive Policing Tool (BuzzFeed News)


A Call for Researchers to Embrace Robust, Open Crime Data (SpotCrime)

Supreme Court says Georgia must provide official code free to public (AJC)

Police department's open data initiative puts St. John's numbers at residents' fingertips (NWI Times)

Our First Amendment Rights Must Survive COVID-19 (Freedom Forum)


Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the creation of a property crime task force Tuesday afternoon, attributing its need to a spike in reports he connected to recent COVID-19-related releases of repeat offenders. (

Will coronavirus permanently change the criminal justice system? Terry H. Gilbert (


Massive pedo-bust: 30 Virginia men lure minors for sex as kids spend time online during quarantine (
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