Dear Colleague,

As a reader of The Crime Report, you know that our national health emergency has profoundly transformed the landscape of our justice system.

Will COVID-19 accelerate the momentum for reform—or undermine it? Are we reading too much into the declining crime numbers? What will mass incarceration look like a year from now?

Answering these—and other—questions requires dependable and accurate information. Over the past two months, we have been working to bring you the resources, research and developments that can help you navigate the conflicting currents of this extraordinary story. Our content has increased exponentially, ranging from new research and special reports from our contributor network across the country, to thoughtful commentary from those working on the front lines of the crisis in courts, prisons, jails, helping agencies, and nonprofits. No other justice resource is situated at the nerve center of views and experiences from every perspective.

More than 100,000 of you now turn to us each month for in-depth reporting unavailable anywhere else. I hope you’ve been taking advantage of the special archive section—updated daily—that we have built to provide a comprehensive one-stop look at all the dimensions of COVID-19 and justice, here and abroad.

But even as we ramp up our coverage, we’ve been hit with the same funding shortfalls suffered by all our colleagues in the online non-profit news sector.

To put it bluntly, in order to provide the information you need to stay abreast of this fast-developing story, we need your support more than ever.

I know we’re hardly alone in asking for help at this troubled time, but please spare some of your generosity to reinforce TCR’s unique justice journalism.

Will you help us?

Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. If you’ve got questions about how COVID-19 is affecting criminal justice that we haven’t covered yet, reach out to me at my private email, shandel@ix.netcom.com, or to Deputy Editor Nancy Bilyeau at nancy@thecrimereport.org. We enjoy hearing from you.

With gratitude,







Stephen Handelman
Executive Editor, The Crime Report