Wisconsin Probation, Parole Policies Fuel Racial Disparities: Study | The Crime Report

The community corrections system is a pipeline to mass incarceration in Wisconsin, according to a report by the Columbia University Justice Lab.  Instead of serving as a viable alternative to prison, it exacerbates racial disparities, researchers said.
— Read on thecrimereport.org/2019/01/29/wisconsin-probation-and-parole-policies-fuel-racial-disparities-study/

The report can be found HERE

In Depth: Talking All Things City-County Merger With Reps From Better Together, Municipal League | St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked with backers of two competing approaches to a potential reunification of the St. Louis and St.
— Read on news.stlpublicradio.org/post/depth-talking-all-things-city-county-merger-reps-better-together-municipal-league

Better Together website

Better Together is a group advocating for consolidation of services in St. Louis.

Their report can be accessed HERE

City Council Push Back on DPD Plan for 2019 | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

I like it when police departments share their policing plan. Others can use it as an example. In the article there is also a link to 2018 statistics.

Dallas City Council members shared concerns Monday about the 2019 crime fighting plan presented by Police Chief Renee Hall to the Council Public Safety Committee.
— Read on www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/City-Council-Push-Back-on-DPD-Plan-for-2019-504998482.html

The 2019 report can be found HERE

After Stephon Clark shooting, California AG releases 49 suggestions to improve Sacramento police | The Sacramento Bee

After the incidents of police using force in 2014 and 2015 it became a popular for outside agencies to investigate incidents of police use of force.

Here is an example of the California AG Investigation on the Stephon Clark shooting.

With a $20 million lawsuit and two criminal probes into the Stephon Clark shooting looming, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra has released a report with 49 recommendations for improving Sacramento police. Police Chief Daniel Hahn asked for the report following Clark’s death at the hands of two officers last March.
— Read on amp.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article225242250.html

The report can also be accessed HERE

Murder clearance rates have actually improved — with one big exception | Modern Policing

This article analyzes city clearance rates for murders and shootings. One key finding is a drop from 65% to 42% since the 1980s in the clearance rate for black and Hispanic victims killed by guns — aside from this category, murder clearance rates have actually improved. Also, non-firearm homicides, which are more likely to yield…
— Read on gcordner.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/murder-clearance-rates-have-actually-improved-with-one-big-exception/

Failing conventionally on gun violence reduction – Jerry Ratcliffe

Failing conventionally on gun violence reduction – Jerry Ratcliffe
— Read on www.jratcliffe.net/blog/failing-conventionally-on-gun-violence-reduction/

Dr. Ratcliffe’s article is response to Philadelphia’s publication “Roadmap to Safer Communities” which can be accessed by the link below.

I love it when a police department or a municipality releases a plan. Especially a crime fighting plan. It allows others to see what others are doing and then barrow (steal) for it or use it to build something new.


Investing in Futures Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison

Secondary Education for prisoners to reduce recidivism 

“But the study says that research shows that giving inmates access to post-secondary education is critical to reducing mass incarceration, lowering recidivism rates and ensuring public safety.”