A study of three Georgia cities which earn over 10 percent of their revenue from municipal citations and traffic tickets found high levels of distrust of authority among residents. The lesson, according to researchers: what a city gains in monetary value is lost in community capital.
Nearly 1 in 5 police officers in California convicted of a crime in the last decade are still working or kept their jobs for more than a year after sentencing, according to a coalition of news organization. The state’s weak laws on police misconduct were blamed.
A study of crime patterns in the neighborhoods surrounding the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando found high concentrations of criminal activity outside a one-mile radius of the park—but lower crime inside the park itself.
Alternatives to arrest are now widely available across the U.S. to justice-involved individuals who pose no risk to public safety. But a new survey shows that how they are implemented and who benefits from them can depend on a “stunning variety” of state statutes and practices.
Since January 1, 2018, a state law prohibits the collection of legal fees from families affected by the juvenile legal system. But some local officials haven’t got the message, according to a study by the Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic.
Researchers found a “sizable” decrease in violent crimes committed indoors on high- pollen days, and a four percent reduction in crimes outside the home. They suggested that “health shocks” can have a significant dampening impact on criminal behavior.
More women are now held in local jails than in state prisons, but little attention is paid to the health care, counselling and family services they need in order to succeed in civil society when they are released, says the Prison Policy Initiative.