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Crime Rate Projected to Decrease Slightly from 2014

An updated analysis of crime data from the 30 largest U.S. cities shows overall crime in 2015 is projected to decrease by 5.5 percent from 2014, the Brennan Center for Justice said yesterday. Using statistics through Dec. 23, researchers reached the same conclusion as they did in the organization's November report entitled “Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis”— that overall crime numbers remained about the same in 2015 as in 2014—but found slightly different percentages. As in the preliminary report, […]

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Incentivizing Justice Reform

Federal grant money currently incentivizes unwise policy choices, and instead should be linked to modern criminal justice goals, according to a new policy proposal from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. The proposal's authors argue that the $352 million Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program should be used as a tool to promote innovative crime-reduction policies nationwide. The federal government currently asks states to report information such as the number of arrests made and the […]