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This report describes the effects of prisoner reentry on communities and the impact on community safety and public perceptions of crime. The role of the police is examined by outlining the benefits of applying community policing strategies to prisoner reentry and exploring opportunities for police involvement. The report highlights specific examples from the field of how new police roles in prisoner reentry have been put into
The eighth meeting of the Reentry Roundtable, held in May 2004, addressed the nexus between reentry and community policing in the context of public safety. This meeting summary is a synopsis of the two-day discussion among academics, practitioners, service providers, and community leaders convened by the Urban Institute. This document reconstructs the discussion in the chronological order in which it unfolded, including
The eighth meeting of the Reentry Roundtable, entitled Community Policing and Prisoner Reentry: Strategies for Enhancing Public Safety, was held in May 2004. Meeting participants discussed various perspectives on the role of law enforcement and community policing in tackling the public safety consequences of the increasing number of individuals entering and leaving the nation's prisons each year. To facilitate discussion, the
[New York Post] It is the best of times and the worst of times for the New York Police Department. Crime rates have hit historic lows. Police shootings are way down. Yet the controversies surrounding the Louima, Diallo and Dorismond incidents have revealed deep fissures in the relationships between the NYPD and the public, particularly the minority community.
Intended for all levels of law enforcement and community supervision personnel, Promoting Partnerships between Police and Community Supervision Agencies describes how these organizations build partnerships to enhance public safety. The first section of this guidebook discusses the various contributions and benefits each agency can bring to a partnership; the second discusses the key elements of partnership; and the third
This brief is a partnership between Urban and the Center for Policing Equity’s National Justice Database, in collaboration with the White House’s Police Data Initiative. The brief analyzes publicly available data in 2015 vehicle stops and 2014 use of force incidents on the part of the Austin Police Department. Findings indicate that even when controlling for neighborhood levels of crime, education, homeownership, income, youth,
The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police the week of July 3, followed by the shootings of police in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shook many communities, including our own.
The Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project (EIP) represents most individuals prosecuted for violating New York State prostitution laws. EIP also represents survivors of trafficking into prostitution and works to clear charges from their criminal records if they were a result of having been trafficked. Urban researchers gathered data from both groups of EIP clients to describe who is facing arrest in New York City
A National Academy of Sciences report addresses the science-or lack thereof-in America's crime labs and criminal justice system. John Roman explains why a new era of scientific policing may be at hand.
One goal of the My Brother's Keeper initiative is to keep boys and young men of color safe from violent crime. Given recent events, this is a formidable challenge for those engaged with local programs.
By following these recommendations, police departments are primed to enhance the transparency and accountability of their body camera programs.
This brief represents the experiences, views, and attitudes of community members who are often underrepresented in research on perceptions of law enforcement – people living in high-crime neighborhoods with concentrated disadvantage. The survey found that while residents of these neighborhoods are distrustful of police, they nevertheless want to cooperate and partner with police to make their communities safer. A door-to-door
Members of the public often do not accurately remember whether police officers with whom they interact are wearing body-worn cameras. Yet despite this poor recall, this randomized controlled trial of body camera use in one jurisdiction finds that community members are more satisfied with police encounters when the officer is wearing a body camera. The brief examines camera use for an entire six-month pilot implementation period
Much of the national debate on policing in 2015 has rested on a false premise—that community demands for greater police accountability come at the expense of effectively addressing crime. In fact, police need accountability and legitimacy in the communities they serve if they are to deliver safety. While policing is a local governmental function, federal policymakers have an important role to play in helping policing practice
This brief examines the fractured relationship between residents in high-crime Chicago neighborhoods and the police that serve those communities. Based on surveys of people living in and police officers serving in four Chicago police districts on the city’s south and west sides collected as part of the evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, these data demonstrate ambivalence between the police and residents.
This report contains a collection of readings that examine various staffing issues in policing. These readings address three broad issues: determinants of police staffing levels; the processes of hiring, training, and deploying officers; and retention patterns associated with individual officers and staff positions. The papers are the result of an Urban Institute research project funded by the National Institute of Justice to,
Underlying the issue of racial profiling is the impact of segregation on the American economy and society.
DNA testing has been singled out among forensic practices as being exceptionally accurate. So why hasn’t it assumed its rightful place as the premier forensic tool in the criminal justice arsenal? Because, despite the promise of DNA analysis, few law enforcement agencies are using it to help identify unknown suspects. In a landmark 1961 case, Mapp v. Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court held that evidence collected in violation of the Fourth Amendment
Across the country, there seems to be a renewed appreciation for urban parks, once seen as almost a scourge on some communities, a place for derelicts, drug addicts, and vandals, places from Central Park to Golden Gate Park are enjoying a resurgence. Is it happening in your neighborhood yet? If so, who and what should get the credit? If not, how can you make it happen?
Sixteen hundred prisoners are released from American prisons and jails everyday. This year some 600,000 prisoners will be released. There are about 2 million people currently incarcerated in the U.S., four times the number of people in prison in 1973. And most of them will be released at some point. And because the numbers are so much greater than they were 30 years ago, the concern about where these individuals go and what they
A national scan of practice among law enforcement agencies across the United States reveals that they use social media to notify the public of safety concerns, manage public relations, and gather evidence for criminal investigations. The Urban Institute and the International Association of Chiefs of Police partnered to develop a comprehensive understanding of law enforcement’s use of social media. A total of 539 agencies
Policing is a strong medicine, and we need to ensure that it does not cause more suffering than it cures.
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