National Urban League Unveils “21 Pillars,” A Comprehensive Framework for Redefining Public Safety | National Urban League

National Urban League Unveils “21 Pillars,” A Comprehensive Framework for Redefining Public Safety | National Urban League
— Read on nul.org/news/national-urban-league-unveils-21-pillars-comprehensive-framework-redefining-public-safety

Make sure to look for the .pdf download

Murders Spiked In 2020. How Will That Change The Politics of Crime? | FiveThirtyEight

There are several different points of view represented here.

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): New data released by the FB…
— Read on fivethirtyeight.com/features/murders-spiked-in-2020-how-will-that-change-the-politics-of-crime/

The U.S. Criminal Justice System in the Pandemic Era and Beyond: Taking Stock of Efforts to Maintain Safety and Justice Through the COVID-19 Pandemic and Prepare for Future Challenges | RAND

The Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative convened a set of workshops with justice practitioners to take stock of responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. They identified key challenges, system innovations, and lessons for the future.

— Read on www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA108-8.html

From After-School Detention to the Detention Center: How Unconstitutional School-Disruption Laws Place Children at Risk of Prosecution for ‘Speech Crimes’ by Frank LoMonte, Ann Marie Tamburro :: SSRN

A frequently overlooked issue with school discipline is the student’s behavior. A student misbehaves in class and is noncompliant when the teacher tells the student to stop. The student isn’t protesting they are misbehaving. The teacher has no other option but to send the student to the office or call in the principal or school security. Basically at this point the student is being removed from class and if the student continues to ignore the orders of the principal or security the final ultimatum may be issued where the student is told to leave the school.

I am skipping some negotiations that also occurred like in most cases there is a history with the student. The teacher has tools to use to handle disruptive students that were employed. The prinipal and security can use de-escalation techniques however if the student resists all of these interventions then choices become limited.

Once the student is told to leave the school there noncompliance breaks the law. It sounds silly. Yeah. Why didn’t the student stop misbehaving right? If the student remains in school they can be arrested. This arrest wasn’t for a student not doing their homework, it’s not because a student was having trouble understanding the assignment, it’s not free speech. It was because the student disrupted class and would not stop. Keep in mind that there were 24 other students in class and hundreds in the school that were behaving.

As unrest erupts across the country over issues of police violence and race, how and when police use their authority inside schools is receiving renewed, and ov
— Read on papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

Reimagining Public Safety Progress Report-April-July 2021 Austin Texas

The report can be accessed HERE.

In the report there are several different topics and links with supporting material such as:

-Taskforce reform recommendations
-An analysis and report of the APD Training Academy
-The Office of Police Oversight (OPO) released the “Redefining Resistance and Considering Alternatives” report
-Use of Force Policy

***Make sure to check out the “links” to the various reports

NYC Mental-Health Responders Can’t Replace Police | City Journal

A few short years ago the mantra for a successful Mental Health community safety net was the Police AND the those from Mental Heath community because they understood the value of having the police at Mental Health emergency calls. Now with abolish the police the community will loose the services that are need from the police. This can be extremely dangerous to the community and the person in crisis. Ignoring this will not make the necessity for the police disappear. This article illustrates this fact.

An early report on New York’s mental-health first responders earns media cheerleading, but the data are skewed for their success.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/nyc-mental-health-responders-cannot-replace-police

Targeted Fines and Fees Against Low-Income Communities of Color: Civil Rights and Constitutional Implications

The excessive imposition of fines and fees can damage judicial credibility and the relationships between law enforcement and residents. In the effort to raise revenue through fines and fees, municipalities in effect discount concerns about the judicial system’s role in our “country’s commitment to the principles of fundamental fairness and to ensuring that the scales of our legal system measure justice, not wealth.’” Chief among these concerns are the harms to due process and judicial ethics issues that arise when states depend too heavily on court fees, potentially conflicting with judicial independence, and diverting attention from courts’ essential functions. Additionally, some state legislatures throughout the country are not properly funding local courts, which leaves local courts to bring in revenue to support their operating budgets, undermining the public’s faith in the justice system. The reliance on revenue from fines and fees distorts incentives and can lead to the misallocation of public safety resources. The recent increase in using private companies to collect fines and fees further exacerbates these issues.

www.usccr.gov/pubs/docs/Statutory_Enforcement_Report2017.pdf

Seattle OIG – Office of Inspector General

Make sure to explore the various different webpages or tabs at the OIG site. The “Sentinel Event Review” is a report on the response to the Floyd Protests/Riots. The Reports page has various topical reports and memorandum. The audits page contains performance audits that examine critical systems, practices, and policies within the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the Office of Police Accountability (OPA).

Check it out HERE