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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 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Public Safety
This review examines the use of force policies of police departments in 91 of America’s 100 largest cities. Drawing from their findings, which show that police departments with stricter restrictions on use of force kill significantly fewer citizens, Campaign Zero proposes ten categories...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Democracy depends on the public’s right to know what its government is doing so it can hold officials accountable. California voters recognized the fundamental importance of public access to documents by enshrining the right of access in the state constitution. But the right of access...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
Body cameras are rapidly becoming the norm in communities across the country. Campaign Zero reviewed available police department body camera policies from the largest 30 cities in America to determine whether this new technology is being implemented in ways that ensure accountability...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source The Pew Charitable Trusts
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Millions of Americans have one or more forms of mental illness. These conditions have wide-ranging health, economic, and social consequences. For example, mental illness is a major factor in homelessness and incarceration. And serious mental illness - defined as a mental, behavioral,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Public Safety
This report provides a road map for city governments to establish a civilian Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) that provides the infrastructure and resources necessary for successful community-based public safety efforts. This report details varying structures and systems in place...

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 2003
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
This report addresses the broad problem of accountability within the San Francisco Police Department and outlines changes that can be made to build more effective systems of accountability. These changes include adopting stronger whistleblower protections, mandating compliance with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center on Privacy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Face recognition is the automated process of comparing two images of faces to determine whether they represent the same individual. Across the country, law enforcement performs face identification to identify individuals who refuse to identify themselves, compare mugshots against...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council of State Governments
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety
This policy brief highlights the different ways call triage can be used to inform and dispatch community responders. While most jurisdictions will ultimately create multiple opportunities for calls to be triaged and directed to community responders, many will likely begin with one...

Type Executive Order
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source City of Tampa
Policy Areas Public Safety
In response to Campaign Zero's "8 Can't Wait" policies, the Tampa Police Department implemented a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that clarifies appropriate circumstances for the use of deadly force, including requiring officers to exhaust all alternatives before shooting,...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Public Safety
This fact sheet discusses 5 recommendations for local jurisdictions deliberating over the creation of an Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States, California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines how Los Angeles County can reduce incarceration for individuals with mental illness by implementing diversion programs together with supportive housing and assertive community treatment (ACT) programs. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ACLU
Policy Areas Public Safety
A white paper by the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union detailing recommendations for designing effective civil review boards to oversee law enforcement. The paper includes a brief history of civil review boards and specific tactics for addressing gaps in police...

Type Executive Order
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Brookfield
Policy Areas Public Safety
In response to Campaign Zero's "8 Can't-Wait" policies, the Brookfield Police Chief delivered an open letter to the public detailing how these demands were incorporated into Brookfield's Use-of-Force Policy Procedure. These policy procedures include banning chokeholds and strangleholds,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability
Policy Areas Public Safety
This report is part of a four-part series on police union contracts in Chicago. It provides 14 significant changes to Chicago police union contracts. Key recommendations include provisions in contracts that restrict the public's ability to investigate police misconduct and obstruct...

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 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source The Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
This report identifies the most effective local policy interventions for protecting immigrants. These include establishing multi-agency prohibitions on immigration enforcement, limiting jail-to-ICE transfers, prohibiting patrol officers from working with ICE, setting due process protections,...

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 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 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Public Safety
In response to nationwide calls for police reform, this report analyzes how the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has altered their practices and conduct. It also compares the MPD to peer cities with regard to key protocols, practices, and policies. The reforms highlighted focus on...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Policy Areas Public Safety, Community Development
"Reporting Lost & Stolen Firearms" provides statistics about firearm theft and trafficking and includes examples of reporting laws from different states. These laws can help reduce gun trafficking and keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons. The infographic also includes...

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...

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