Across the country, advocates are calling to cut police budgets in
response to widespread misconduct made visible by videos of police
killing unarmed civilians, disproportionately Black Americans,
Indigenous people and people of color. Many attempts at police
reform have failed to meaningfully change the harmful culture and
practices of policing, and even with outsized public investment in
law enforcement, public safety problems persist. Concerned
residents and advocates call for reallocating …
Vera Institute of Justice — Apr 13, 2021
This policy brief was drafted by Sarah Wooton, policy analyst at Partnership for the Public Good. It recommends that the Buffalo Police Department adopt policies governing the use of body cameras with a focus on six areas: activation, pre-report viewing, footage retention, footage protection, public disclosure of footage, and public input. Research suggests that simply adding body cameras may not improve policing without strong policies in each of these six areas.
This policy brief recommends that the Buffalo Police
Department expand its community policing efforts through culture
change and incentives, a diversified police force, increased
training, improved transparency and oversight, more restorative
justice and diversion programs, and the use of crime prevention
through environmental design. The brief is based on
“Collaboration, Communication, and Community-Building: A New Model
of Policing for 21st Century Buffalo,” a 2016 PPG …
The costs of continuing the prohibition of marijuana far outweigh the benefits. Prohibition costs the public a large amount of money in law enforcement expenses and lost tax revenue; it imposes great harms on individuals, families and neighborhoods by criminalizing relatively harmless behavior and spawning a large, violent, underground economy; and it contributes heavily to the large racial disparities in our criminal justice system.
Open Buffalo — Nov 1, 2013
This study on the disproportionate number of African-American and
Hispanic people in the Erie County criminal justice system reveals
four findings for further analysis. Representation of the
African-American and Hispanic populations is disproportionately
high in each stage of the criminal justice process, from arrest
through sentencing. The disparities grow worse at each stage
of the process. Violent felonies and drug felonies yield the
greatest racial disparities. The …
Gabriella Agostinelli — Apr 25, 2013
While there is no consensus over a specific definition of “gang,” research has identified a group of characteristics to discern whether a group is a “gang.” According to the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, these characteristics include: formal organizational structure (not a syndicate), identifiable leadership, identified territory, recurrent interaction, and engaging in serious or violent behavior.
Regional Institute — Feb 1, 2007
A look at violent crime rates over the past twenty years shows that the ebb and flow of crime in Buffalo has reflected trends in many other cities: up in the early ‘90s, down during the mid and late ‘90s and rising gradually since 2000. Similarly, the city’s shrinking police force is mirrored elsewhere as cities struggle with limited resources— resources that are hard to direct given uncertainty about the causes of crime.