Category: Public Safety

House Passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Threatens Cities

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a flawed and dangerous bill that will put our cities, law enforcement officials and residents at risk — and make our communities less safe. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) will force states and municipalities across the country to disregard their laws and allow anyone to

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The Case for Opioid Prevention and Education Efforts to Save America’s Youth

This is a guest post by Sean Ferns, chief of Community Outreach at the Drug Enforcement Administration. No community has been immune from America’s opioid epidemic. Many people know someone that has battled addiction to prescription opioids or heroin. With 11 million Americans ages 12 and older reporting misuse of prescription opioids in the past year,

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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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How Out of Home Media Drives Public-Private Partnerships

This is a guest post by Jason King, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Whether it’s providing critical information during a natural disaster or promoting an important local cause, outdoor advertising is a vital tool that local communities use to enrich and improve people’s lives. Now, a growing number of localities are using

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What Can We Do After Las Vegas?

On Sunday night, Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that is infamous for its nightlife, casinos and entertainment, was brought to a standstill. From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, a sniper took aim at concert goers — killing over 50 people and wounding hundreds more.

MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Awards $11.3M to Local Sites

Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety.  Local policy efforts and practices can contribute to the national movement to end mass incarceration.

Five Cities Will Join the Jails and Justice Technical Assistance Project

Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest, supporting community-based alternatives to jails, and creating supports for people returning from incarceration. The NLC Institute for Youth,

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Why Cities Should Support, Not Arrest, Homeless Youth

This is a guest post by NLC’s Lydia Lawrence. In America, young people who are homeless or face housing instability experience arrest and detention much more often than other youth. As many as 78 percent of the estimated 400,000 homeless youth in America have had at least one interaction with police and 44 percent have

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Cities Stand Together to Fight Hate

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence and bloodshed. Across the country, the event sparked an outpouring of grief and sympathy to the victims of

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We Can Give Your City the Purchasing Power It Needs to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Emergency medical service (EMS) staff can play a crucial role in the fight by administering the drug naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose. This post was co-authored by Emma Lieberth and Rasheeda Senger. As the National League of Cities (NLC) reported in A Prescription for Action, a report on the opioid epidemic jointly issued by

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