50-State Report Offers ‘Playbook’ on Meeting Public Safety Challenges

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) has issued what it calls a first-of-its-kind, web-based resource combining data analyses, case studies and recommended strategies for all 50 states to help policymakers address public safety challenges. Among its major points: violent crime rates decreased in 32 states between 2006 and 2016, and the number of drug overdose deaths is now almost four times higher than the number of homicides.


Drug Dealing Among US Youth Down 40%: Study

The spread of marijuana legalization may account for some of the decline, say the author of the study in the Addictive Behaviors journal. But they add more research is needed to understand the role that peer pressure and behavioral problems play in substance abuse disorders among young people.

Baltimore Crime Surges Amid Police Pullback

Policing in the city has changed “very dramatically,” says Prof. Donald Norris of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “The outcome … has been a lot more crime in Baltimore, especially murders, and people are getting away with those murders.” Officials acknowledge the change. “In all candor, officers are not as aggressive as they once were, pre-2015,” says acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle.

Newsrooms Beef Up Security After Annapolis

Journalists say the number of threats they receive has increased in recent years. The killing of journalists in the US is rare. The Committee to Protect Journalists lists 11 such deaths since 1992; the US now is the third-deadliest country for journalists in 2018, behind only Afghanistan and Syria.