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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Predictive policing refers to a range of policing practices that claim to use pre-existing demographic, environmental, and historic crime data to predict future patterns of crime as well as projecting “where crime will occur,” and “who” will commit crime. This method of policing has...

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 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
State(s) Texas
Source Mijente
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
This brief examines the relationship between tech companies, city projects, and increases in policing and surveillance of Austin residents. It begins by analyzing local policing initiatives like the Austin Regional Intelligence Center and noting contracts held by local law enforcement...

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 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 2015
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
Transgender people overall experience high levels of discrimination in every area of life, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, negative interactions with police, incarceration, and violent victimization. As a result, many transgender people participate in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report investigates the state of Black families in Rhode Island. It finds that Rhode island's Black population is increasingly growing; the Black unemployment rate is high; the Black poverty rate is high; Black Rhode Islanders are less educated and receive low wages; the Black...

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 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 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...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This factsheet investigates the state of Black families in Rhode Island. Rhode Island's Black population is growing, but their wages remain low and their unemployment rate is high. They also find that Black Rhode Islanders have lower educational attainment and high rates of incarceration....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Civil Rights Corps
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Safety
A Community Safety Policy is a policy agenda that shifts the concept of “safety” from a primarily criminal-legal model to a new framework that roots safety in public health and makes investments in non-carceral solutions. This guide outlines four steps states can take to create their...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology, Public Safety
This document is a statement from the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) updating their stance on the use of Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools (RAIs). PJI opposes the use of pretrial RAIs when making detention decisions and determining restrictions placed on a person's pretrial liberty...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2001
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Civil Rights
This report discusses relevant research on prison privatization and presents concerns regarding the expansion of prison privatization across Ohio. The report also features three case studies which highlight some glaring issues with the implementation of private prisons in the state,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Incarceration is inherently traumatic, dehumanizing, and harmful. It imposes tremendous costs on individuals, their loved ones, and our communities. Fortunately, there is much that LGBTQ advocates can do to combat the crisis of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects poor...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety
This report finds that community corrections programs and community-based treatments are significantly less costly than imprisonment and makes the case for their expansion. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Community Resource Hub
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Police use of emerging surveillance technology, including facial recognition software, Stingray devices (transmitters which scan and collect data from cell phones), and social media monitors, has become increasingly popular across the United States. This report presents an overview...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Florida Policy Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
Mass incarceration has left millions of Americans with a criminal record, significantly limiting their employment outcomes. This is compounded by occupational licensing requirements that impose barriers to entry for certain occupations. In Florida, occupational licensing has dramatically...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
This ordinance prohibits the city from making contracts or agreements with jail facilities that allow it to generate revenue from the sale of goods and services to inmates. It also explains how the city has previously generated funding through heavily marked up prices on phone calls...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source City of New York
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex individuals often face uninformed or discriminatory practices at the hands of public institutions. This ordinance establishes a task force to address policies related to the treatment of current or formerly incarcerated individuals within...

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