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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Many transit agencies apply an overly punitive approach to minor transgressions. For example, this report argues that current methods of fare enforcement are too harsh. Fare evasion should be decriminalized, and the penalties should be made proportional to the severity of offense....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Risk assessment tools (RATs) are decision-making rubrics that make predictions; they utilize a multitude of tools to make predictions about a defendant’s statistical likelihood, or “risk,” of not returning to court or being rearrested if released. Ultimately, RATs greatly influence...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This report outlines ten arguments against the use of pretrial electronic monitoring. It describes how monitoring restricts a person's ability to earn income; reduces access to legal resources and due process; limits participation in parenting and caregiving, increases the risk of...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Storytelling on social media has become a powerful tool to shift public narratives in the movement to end mass criminalization. However, if misused, improper storytelling runs the risk of perpetuating narratives that reinforce, rather than work to dismantle, the criminal justice system....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This brief outlines six arguments opposing electronic monitors for people released from prisons and jails during the pandemic. The use of electronic monitoring violates social distancing, increases costs, misdirects resources, impacts access to healthcare, increases barriers to movement,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Public Safety, Health
Incarceration puts both incarcerated people and corrections staff at risk of contracting COVID-19. A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations include releasing incarcerated...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, missing a court date, a check-in with parole or probation, a day of community service, or a court-mandated treatment program could and frequently did result in people being jailed. However, during the early days of the pandemic, most states...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Children & Families
Sexual assault is an intensely personal, devastating crime with far-reaching impacts in our communities. It is common, destructive, and nobody should be traumatized by navigating their next steps for safety and healing. One in five women will experience sexual assault while in college,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Housing, Public Safety
In response to President-elect Donald Trump's promise to deport two to three million immigrants when he takes office, many cities and counties across the United States are seeking to enact local policies (often referred to as "sanctuary" or "welcoming") to protect their immigrant...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Spaces, Public Safety, Health
People in prisons, jails, and immigration jails are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks. Given the inherent high risk of all incarceration settings, this statement argues that the best protection for these individuals is release for everyone in the custody of federal prisons,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, School Board, School District
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Education, Public Safety
This case study analyzes how student and youth advocacy efforts have advanced alternative visions of safety within the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district. As a result of this student-led campaign, MPS has terminated all of its contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department, terminated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
"The following is a framework that seeks to draw out what “prosecutor organizing” looks like with an abolitionist lens. The first section outlines principles to hold us accountable to each other, so that there is shared agreement about what abolition means in organizing around prosecutors....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Public Safety
Zero-tolerance policies and the proliferation of law enforcement officers in schools have funneled many students into the criminal legal system. This brief outlines steps school districts, cities, and states can take to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Recommendations include...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
As states and corporations continue to harm the planet, legal experts and citizens are calling for the codification of ecocide as a fifth crime against peace, joining genocide, crimes of agression, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Initiatives to criminalize ecocide express...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Education
In the name of public safety, Black children in Oakland are arrested at vastly disproportionate rates. This report reviews national research that shows, among other things, that arrests and contact with the juvenile justice system are significant contributors to high rates of school...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Education, Public Safety
Participation in high-quality afterschool programs can reduce juvenile crime. This report highlights case studies of local afterschool programs from around the country that have been successful in providing at-risk youth with safe spaces that keep them from engaging in dangerous behavior....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Public Safety
One of the most effective ways to prevent crime is to provide children with the parental support and programs needed to be successful, productive members of society. This report discusses four steps Michigan policymakers should take to support children's success and improve public...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Health
Incarcerated people in the United States’ jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers are at an unacceptable risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. This document provides some guidance and tools for families, organizers, and advocates who are demanding their decarceration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, National, State
State(s) All States
Source American Civil Liberties Union
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety
This report synthesizes existing research on sex work in order to outline various approaches to addressing it through public health and public safety initiatives. It observes regulatory systems from across the United States as well as studies from other countries pursuing different...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This report calls for the elimination of the use of monitoring for individuals on parole. It argues that electronic monitoring is an extension of incarceration that is ineffective, expensive, and greatly limits the freedom and potential success of people on parole. Further, its expansion...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
This report compares, critiques, and provides an overview of pretrial practices across the United States. In particular, it discusses how 89 counties differ (or relate) in using citation releases, bond schedules, pretrial assessment tools, and more. It also outlines shared concerns...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
For decades, advocates, activists, and organizations have deployed courtwatching as a tactic to achieve a wide variety of outcomes, such as ensuring a more transparent criminal legal system, reporting on judges or prosecutors, gathering information for a campaign, providing individual...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety
Pretrial risk assessment instruments (RAIs) are tools intended to estimate two key outcomes for those who are released pending trial: the likelihood that someone will fail to appear for court, and the likelihood that someone will be arrested for a new crime before the disposition...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Health
Activists, organizers, and reformers often demand transparency from the criminal legal system because of the harm the system inflicts behind closed doors—particularly upon Black and Brown, poor, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities. For organizers working to dismantle the criminal legal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Media Justice
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety
This brief establishes guidelines for the implementation of electronic monitoring. In order to respect the human rights of those being monitored, rules for electronic monitoring should be transparent and accommodate basic daily needs without imposing unnecessary restrictions; monitoring...

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