Using Research 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. Read the latest recommendations to improve accountability in law enforcement. 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.

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Independent and nonpartisan, the Council is an invitational membership organization and think tank, serving as a center of gravity and incubator of policy and leadership for the criminal justice field.

Using Research 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. Read the latest recommendations to improve accountability in law enforcement. The final report highlighted five priorities for reform.

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COVID-19 death rates in prisons

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Government expenditure on policing

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Probability of future convictions

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%.

Member Spotlight

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"We've got to become more data-driven and less reliant on anecdotes. We need to focus on, what are we changing? What are we changing to?"

Carlos Martinez
Public Defender, Miami-Dade County
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"It's a cultural change of how you think about human beings and really putting their lives first instead of the bottom line. Waking up every day to make a difference, one person, one day at a time."

Dan Meyer
CEO and founder, Nehemiah Manufacturing Co.
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"The way that we view people must change. Most of the folks who are incarcerated now are going to one day come home. We want to give them the opportunity for success by looking at them - the whole person."

Alice Marie Johnson
Advocate, Speaker, Author

Latest posts

The Impact of De-escalation Training on Police Use of Force in Louisville, KY

What effect does de-escalation training have on police use of force? In this analysis, the Council reviews research on the effectiveness of the Police Executive Research Forum’s ICAT training in the Louisville Metro Police Department.

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Are People With a Mental Health Diagnosis More Likely to Do Time in Solitary?

This piece highlights a study that explores the relationship between a person’s mental illness diagnosis and solitary confinement, what might explain the association, and what can be done.

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Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention Program Uses Public Health Model to Reduce Violent Crime

This piece reviews a community-based public health initiative designed to reduce violence by groups of youth in Los Angeles – and discusses what the research findings may mean for similar programs in LA and beyond.

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