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.
A California study rebuts arguments that urban counties which limit or refuse cooperation with immigration authorities in reporting undocumented immigrants are breeding grounds for crime. In particular, white residents of sanctuary cities are 62 percent less likely to die from gun violence than their counterparts elsewhere, the study found.
A man was released on a charge of trying to punch a police officer; three weeks later, he was charged with murder. New York does not let judges consider a defendant’s possible danger to the public when setting bail.
Officials attribute the increase mostly to the improved economy and lower gas prices, which have led to more people driving for work and pleasure. “Our complacency is killing us,” said a public safety official.
Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York led the distinguished group of speakers at the 11th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, held Feb 25-26, 2016, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.