LAPD still all-in on data-driven policing after scrapping controversial LASER program — CBSN Originals documentary “Racial Profiling 2.0” – CBS News

Los Angeles police are convinced big data can help fight crime, even after shutting down a program that activists said targeted minorities unfairly.
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-police-department-laser-data-driven-policing-racial-profiling-2-0-cbsn-originals-documentary/

Ending the War on Drugs in Travis County, Texas How Low-Level Drug Possession Arrests are Harmful and Ineffective

There is widespread understanding that the War on Drugs intentionally targeted communities of color,

while depriving those same communities of harm-reduction resources to address the damaging effects of drug use. Nonetheless, Austin and Travis County,Texas, continue to use drug enforcement practices that harm communities, worsen racial disparities, and increase the health and financial consequences that people most directly impacted must bear. Further, local use of police as the primary means of enforcing harsh drug laws consistently fails to achieve its stated goal of reducing drug activity. Travis County residents, particularly in areas most heavily populated by people of color, have seen time and again that current practices are not working.

www.texascjc.org/system/files/publications/Report – Ending the War on Drugs in Travis County Texas.pdf

Stop-and-Frisk in the de Blasio Era (2019) | New York Civil Liberties Union

The New York City Police Department’s aggressive stop-and-frisk program exploded into a national controversy during the mayoral administration of Michael Bloomberg, as the number of NYPD stops each year grew to hundreds of thousands. Most of the people stopped were black and Latino, and nearly all were innocent. Stop-and-frisk peaked in 2011, when NYPD officers reported making
— Read on www.nyclu.org/en/publications/stop-and-frisk-de-blasio-era-2019

Attorney General William Barr condemned by 39 prosecutors for ‘dangerous and failed’ approach to criminal justice – The Washington Post

“We know policies based on fear don’t work; they simply deepen divides and promote a false narrative,” 41 elected prosecutors wrote in a joint statement.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/02/13/attorney-general-barr-prosecutors/

Report finds Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers Jailed Because of Unaffordable Bail | New York Civil Liberties Union

NEW YORK – The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report today on five years of bail data in eight small, medium and large upstate New York counties, which found tens of thousands of New Yorkers spent time in jail before trial because they could not make bail. The report, Presumed Innocent for a Price, draws from 2010-2014 data obtained through public records requests
— Read on www.nyclu.org/en/press-releases/report-finds-tens-thousands-new-yorkers-jailed-because-unaffordable-bail