Author: Tara Dhanraj

City Leaders Should Consider Pre-Arrest Diversion

Several cities across the nation are embracing pre-arrest diversion to reduce mass incarceration. Pre-arrest diversion allows officers to divert a person into community services to receive treatment rather than arresting and jailing that person. Cities play an integral role in who enters local jails and are implementing programs and policies, such as pre-arrest diversion, that

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Six Cities Join NLC Policy Academy on Young Adults and the Justice System

When policies fail to align across city, county and state governments, impediments to the efficient protection of public safety are often the result. For example, state laws governing use of criminal records and background checks for support services can undercut and create barriers with local efforts to build service capacity for the young adult population.

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‘Madison Speaks’ Brings Police, Community Together

In March, several officers of the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department (MPD) brought together a diverse group of community members to hear their ideas on increasing trust between law enforcement and the community. Captain John Patterson, currently assigned to Madison’s South Police District, adapted this event from the Orlando, Florida, “Orlando Speaks” initiative, which he learned

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Accelerating Justice Reform and Criminal Record Clearance in Cities

The Council of State Governments (CSG), with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, recently launched the Clean Slate Clearinghouse to support criminal record clearance efforts across the country. On March 27 at 3:00 p.m. EST, the National League of

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Cities Are Working to Put Fewer People in Jail. Here’s Why.

Now is the time to prioritize the issue of mass jailing. This large financial burden jeopardizes public safety when low risk offenders are placed in jail, increasing their likelihood of reoffending.  Helping individuals reach stability through connections to treatment and community services decreases the likelihood of continued engagement in criminal activity. Arthur Rizer, Director of

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