Tag: 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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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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New NLC Collaboration to Provide Mental Health Training to Police Officers Working in Schools

School resource officers and other police officers in schools can play a crucial role in affecting positive youth outcomes and improving public safety. Police officers who respond to the developmental and mental health needs of youth in an informed and age-appropriate way help ensure the safety of everyone in schools, from students to teachers and

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Court as a Last Resort: NLC Provides Cities with Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration

NLC has two new resources to support city leaders in helping to achieve better youth outcomes and improve public safety. These resources are provided through NLC’s ongoing partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. President Barack Obama recently called on city leaders to “make sure that our juvenile

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NLC to Hold Leadership Academy on Juvenile Justice Reform

Our RFP to participate in the upcoming Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy is out now. Minneapolis will host NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy this fall. Photo credit: AMB-MD Despite substantial decreases in juvenile crime rates during the past decade, state and local juvenile justice systems remain in need of fundamental

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Supreme Court Holds No Dog Sniffs After Completed Traffic Stops

In a 6-3 decision in Rodriguez v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a dog sniff conducted after a completed traffic stop violates the Fourth Amendment. In a dissent, Justice Alito describes the Court’s holding as “unnecessary, impractical, and arbitrary,” and suggests savvy officers can skirt it. Officer Struble pulled over Dennys Rodriguez after he

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Supreme Court Rules Correctional Institutions Must Allow Half Inch Beards for Religious Reasons

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Holt v. Hobbs communicated a rather pragmatic view of the prison security risks created by short beards – namely, that the beards aren’t much of a risk at all given that they are not an ideal place to hide contraband. (Getty Images) To the casual Supreme Court watcher, Holt v.

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Supreme Court to Decide If Police Officers Must Accommodate Mentally Ill Arrestees

Per the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodating persons with disabilities is the norm. Twenty-five years after the Act’s passage, the Supreme Court will decide whether it applies to police officers arresting a mentally ill suspect who is armed and violent. (Getty Images) In City & County of San Francisco v. Sheehan,

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Supreme Court to Set Specifics of Excessive Force Standard for Pretrial Detainees

Cities with jails take note: the Supreme Court has accepted a case which will determine how hard or easy it is for pretrial detainees to win excessive force claims for money damages against your city. (Getty Images) Since the 1980s (and arguably the 1970s) the Supreme Court has been clear: a pretrial detainees’ right to

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Smile for the (Red Light) Camera!

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Madison. Do you think red light enforcement cameras reduce traffic accidents? Or do they exist simply to provide revenue? In either case, their successful implementation depends on the ability of local law enforcement to accurately and reliably measure changes in traffic accidents that occur where the cameras are

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