SpotCrime Weekly Reads: police reform, police data, crime rate

Cities implementing different forms of police reform, AI tech ban, news deserts allow for corruption in SC, dropping crime rates in some cities, drones for deescalation, ending cash bail, COVID as a case for open data, and more...


Consultant finds Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office ‘data rich, information poor’ (Santa Maria Times)

South Bend Board of Public Safety approves use of force guidelines but demands more changes (South Bend Tribune)

Can a New, Open-Source Police Brutality Database Help to Hold Police Departments Accountable? ( see also: Civil Rights Groups Launch National Database on Police Use of Force (

Do as I Say! Or, Do as I Say, Not as I Have Done! County Sheriffs’ Self-Reported Accountability Priorities for Themselves and Their Subordinates (

Black people make up most arrests for low-level crimes in Dallas, report finds Dallas Police Chief Eddie GarcĂ­a said he wants to better understand the data behind the report from the Community Police Oversight Board. (Dallas News)

LAPD Requested Ring Doorbell Footage of BLM Protests (OneZero)

Study: Diversity in law enforcement may improve policing (

US marshals act like local police, but with more violence and less accountability (USA Today)


Allentown sees drop in violent crimes in 2020, and no shots fired by police officers (The Morning Call) see also: Delano sees record low crime rates in 2020 after installation of security cameras, changes in police strategies (KGET) and also: Property and violent crimes in Anchorage decreased during 2020, police say (Anchorage Daily News)

NYPD adds 644 officers to transit patrol after subway stabbing spree (

Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders? (


Police department using drones as a tool for de-escalation (

Washington state lawmakers seek to ban government from using discriminatory AI tech (GeekWire)

Facial Recognition in the Public Sector: The Policy Landscape (

Combatting the Growing Cyberthreat of QR Code Abuse (GovTech)


News deserts and weak ethics laws allow corruption to run rampant in SC (Post and Courier)

NYPD Disciplinary Records Can Be Released To The Public, Court Rules (Forbes)

Forum: In pandemic era, Texans’ access to public information at risk (Caller Times)

The pandemic made open data bigger than ever. But it's still pretty messy. (StateScoop)


Teaching beyond the Textbook: Integrating Formerly Incarcerated Individuals into Criminal Justice Learning Environments (Taylor and Francis Online)

Youth incarceration fell when California required counties to pay more for juvenile detention (The Mandarin)

Illinois Set to End Money Bail, Draft New Pretrial Guidelines (The Crime Report)


Men at Florida hotel posed as U.S. marshals to avoid wearing masks, authorities say The men threatened to arrest hotel staff who asked them to wear masks while on the premises of the resort. (Tampa Bay Times)

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