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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 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 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing, Public Safety
Over the last fifty years, California has been facing an affordable housing crisis. In an attempted solution, government subsidies have driven housing development into untouched wildlands across the state. However, these developments are increasingly subject to destruction by wildfire...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source United on Guns
Policy Areas Public Safety
This brief discusses the 2018 mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, where the perpetrator killed 11 people and wounded six others. It outlines the preparedness of the City prior to the incident; the immediate actions taken by the City in response to the shooting; and further...

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 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan outlines the city's plan for tripling the amount of bicycle ridership in the city and implementing new safety measures. This document includes graphics detailing potential bike lane networks, cost estimates, a biannual progress schedule, and more. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Food
Michigan need to improve healthcare, education, public health, immigration regulation, families, childcare, worker skills, employment, and wages. The report explains the problems and gives recommendation to each of them....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Public Safety, Data & Technology
This report explores five privacy provisions to mitigate the harms associated with exploiting smart city-data. The policy proposals include differentiating personally identifiable smart city data from de-identified data, creating a warrant requirement for personally identifiable smart...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Poor people, especially people of color, face a far greater risk of being fined, arrested, and even incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. A broken taillight, an unpaid parking ticket, a minor drug offense, sitting on a sidewalk, or sleeping in a park can all result...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Municipal League
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Spaces
This guide provides an overview of liens available to municipalities under Illinois state law and provides examples of how cities should assess and enforce liens. Properties that are abandoned or liable for taxes, require excessive pest extermination efforts, or intensive removal...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Public Safety
This brief examines the positive impacts that allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses would create. The brief references studies demonstrate that the provision of licenses creates safer roads, and access to car insurance, enhances public safety, advances racial...

Type Article
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Texas
Source Informed Infrastructure
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This article explains how the North Central Texas Council of Governments standardized work zone data sharing by selecting a single road management tech provider. It also highlights how the contract extends work zone data access to any relevant public agencies. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Washington College of Law
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report discusses D.C.'s failure to implement the D.C. Language Access Act. The D.C. Language Access Act was enacted to improve non-English proficient resident's access to translation and interpretation services at municipal entities. The report makes several recommendations to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Welcoming America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education, Health, Housing
This report outlines recommendations for community leaders looking to create a welcoming and equitable environment for Afghan refugees. Suggestions include creating a multi-sector response group to help refugees access housing, employment, health care, and other essential services;...

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 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This policy brief discusses how access to parkland and recreational programs significantly reduces the risk of obesity in children and adolescents. It recommends that cities promote recreational programs in areas with fewer parks, convert vacant spaces into parkland, invest in traffic-calming...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Vision Zero Network
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users, and to ensure safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. This infographic compiles nine components that make up an effective high-level framework for communities considering a Vision...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source United on Guns
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health, Public Safety, Public Spaces
In order to effectively respond to a mass shooting, mayors and city officials must prepare ahead of time. To help cities plan for these scenarios, this resource presents a timeline of mayoral response to a hypothetical mass shooting. It also discusses specific steps city officials...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
It can be diffiuclt to have a record and find work in Ohio, collateral sanctions block Ohioans from housing, civic rights and jobs. Increasing criminalization through insufficient economic prospects, making collateral sanctions unsafe and decress opportunities for legitimate work....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Public Safety, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines issues with the cash bail system and proposes policy solutions for reforming pretrial detention and release practices. It highlights that many individuals are detained in local jails pretrial, despite being legally innocent, particularly affecting low-income individuals...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Immigration Law Foundation Immigration Policy Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety
This report examines current trends in local enforcement of immigration law to deconstruct the myth of sanctuary cities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Colorado
Source Journal of Science Policy & Governance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Public Safety, Health
This paper highlights the state of Colorado and the exponential growth of fracking in the state over the last two decades. The growth of fracking has benefitted the economy of the state and employs hundreds of thousands of residents, but fracking presents serious environmental and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source United on Guns
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health, Public Safety
The first 24 hours after a mass shooting requires an immediate and effective response from local officials. This report outlines steps mayors and city managers can take to minimize harm and save lives in the event of a mass shooting and links to additional resources as needed. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source United on Guns
Policy Areas Public Safety
This brief discusses the 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, where the perpetrator killed 23 people and injured 23 others. It outlines the preparedness of the City prior to the incident, the immediate actions taken by the City in response to the shooting, and further actions...

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