Category: justice reform

Long Beach’s ‘Justice Lab’ Uses Data to Direct Reform

This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach, California. Like many communities across the nation, our city of Long Beach, California, is constantly looking for new approaches to improve public safety and the well-being of residents. We have a lot to be proud of on this front. Our crime rate

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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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Trump Administration Holds Law Enforcement Funding Hostage Over “Sanctuary” Issues

This week, despite continued urging by the National League of Cities and others, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to delay the disbursement of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds for 2017. The reason? Those grants have become a bargaining chip in the DOJ’s escalating feud with so-called “sanctuary cities”. For

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How Cities Can Reduce Recidivism for Young Adults

This is a guest post from Emily Morgan, director of content development at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. As jurisdictions work to increase public safety and reduce corrections costs, a growing number have been exploring strategies targeted at improving outcomes for what is often the most challenging population under justice system supervision: young

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DOJ Offers Community-Based Crime Reduction Grants to Cities

This is a guest post by Jason Cooper, program director for crime reduction initiatives at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Many cities beset by high rates of crime face economic and social problems that go well beyond the capacity of police to address. As such, stepped up enforcement, on its own, is rarely enough to

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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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NLC Offers Cities Help In Resolving Justice Reform Preemption

New Intergovernmental Policy Academy: Young Adults and the Justice System supports cities, along with county and state allies, to align policies and reduce the number of young adults unnecessarily and ineffectively jailed in your city. NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites member cities to apply with a county partner to participate

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