Improving Police Clearance Rates of Shootings: A Review of the Evidence | Manhattan Institute

In 2020, cities across the U.S. experienced a stunning increase in serious gun violence. In New York City, the number of shooting incidents nearly doubled, from 777 in 2019 to 1,531 in 2020.[1] This included an 88% increase in gun murders (from 154 in 2019 to 290 in 2020) and a 99% increase in…
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The Cost of Crime – 2

Hidden in Plain Sight: What Cost-of-Crime Research Can Tell Us About Investing in Police

Many state and local governments are facing significant fiscal challenges, forcing policymakers to confront difficult trade-offs as they consider how to allocate scarce resources across numerous worthy initiatives. To achieve their policy priorities, it will become increasingly important for policymakers to concentrate resources on programs that can clearly demonstrate that they improve their constituents’ quality of life. To identify such programs, cost/benefit analysis can be a powerful tool for objectively adjudicating the merits of particular programs.
The report can be downloaded HERE

Cost of Crime Calculator

Existing high-quality research on the costs of crime and the effectiveness of police demonstrates that public investment in police can generate substantial social returns. A Center on Quality Policing study, Hidden in Plain Sight: What Cost-of-Crime Research Can Tell Us About Investing in Police, shows how this research can be used to better understand the returns on investments in police.
Go to this website (HERE) to try the “cost of crime calculator” and see how altering police staffing affects crime in the community

The Cost of Crime


The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform has conducted a series of studies on the cost of gun violence in cities across the U.S., releasing findings from these studies in powerful, detailed infographic reports. These reports break down the specific governmental costs associated with each gun homicide and injury shooting, including crime scene response, hospital and rehabilitation, criminal justice, incarceration, victim support, and lost tax revenue. Following their release, NICJR partners with local organizers and other stakeholders to incorporate Cost of Gun Violence reports in advocacy efforts demanding increased investment in gun violence reduction strategies. For many of the reports, NICJR has partnered with Live Free, a national faith-based initiative to reduce incarceration and violence.

On the website there are 17 cities that calculations were made for gun violence. All of the report can be accessed HERE

Report of The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement (the Panel) was established as an advisory body to the San Francisco District Attorney in May 2015 in the wake of revelations that 14 San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers had exchanged numerous racist and homophobic text messages.

The Panel was tasked with answering the critical question that the text messaging scandal raised: Was the racial and homophobic bias so clearly demonstrated by the offensive texts a reflection of institutionalized bias within the SFPD and, if so, to what extent?

See below or select HERE for the report

Where Gun Stores Open, Gun Homicides Increase – Scientific American

So the homicides from gun violence are due to persons buying guns legally to kill someone? I always thought that most of the gun violence was driven by illegally obtained guns.

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
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Dramatically increasing incarceration is the wrong response to the recent uptick in homicides and violent crime

The question of public safety will continue to be at the forefront of our politics at the local, state, and federal level. We do not have to choose between low crime rates or low incarceration. By simultaneously pursuing both, we can make America a freer, fairer, and more peaceful nation.
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I hope that those who made the pendulum swing left are not denying the obvious that there are some serious factors at play causing a catastrophic increase in homicide yet the response is a kin to “nothing to see here”. A 30% increase in homicide is a cost of thousands of more lives and millions of dollars lost.