New Council Initiative:
Violent Crime Working Group
Composed of a diverse range of leaders representing community organizations, law enforcement, the public health sector, and academia, the Violent Crime Working Group is dedicated to addressing the most pressing and challenging issues concerning crime, violence, and justice.
Consensus Proposals to Improve Policing
Launched in late 2020, the Task Force on Policing identified the policies and practices most likely to reduce excessive use of force, increase accountability, and rebuild trust between the police and communities. The diverse group of law enforcement, civil rights, and community leaders assessed more than two dozen reforms and identified five top priorities. The final report highlighted five priorities for reform.
Reshaping Criminal Justice After COVID-19
Led by former U.S. Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice issued sweeping recommendations to increase the resiliency, fairness, and effectiveness of a system that includes 2.1 million people behind bars and another 4.4 million on probation or parole.
Grounding Criminal Justice Policy in Facts and Evidence
The COVID-19 death rate in prisons was 2.1 times that of the general population, after adjusting for the age, sex, and race/ethnicity of incarcerated individuals.
Spending on police nearly tripled over the past 40 years, but as a share of total state and local government expenditures it has been flat, at about 3.7%.
In one Texas county, receiving a deferred adjudication of guilt reduced the probability of future convictions over the subsequent 10 years by 45%.