Stephen Hart — Jan 18, 2021
Nicole Capozziello — Jan 7, 2021
This policy brief shares vacant land statistics in Buffalo, highlights Philadelphia as a vacant property transformation case study, and makes the case for community gardens as the ideal form of urban greening for Buffalo.
This policy brief presents data on the makeup of the Erie County
jail population, which has reduced by 48% since 2017. It examines
the capacity of both jails and determines that one jail could be
closed, with savings redirected to other community-based harm
reduction services. The brief compares Erie County spending on
jails with spending on mental and public health, and makes
recommendations for County leaders to further reduce the jail
population, capture the savings of decarceration, and …
To be effective accountability tools, police body cameras must be accompanied by good policies governing their usage and giving the public access to footage. Otherwise, exemptions in state freedom of information laws can be used to limit the disclosure of critical evidence of misconduct.
The Buffalo Common Council should repeal its July 2018 amendment to Chapter 175 of the Cityof Buffalo Code that added 13 new fees related to traffic violations. The thirteen fees:• Are dramatically higher than those charged by other cities in New York;• Do not promote public safety and are not reliable revenue sources;• Exacerbate Buffalo’s already severe problems with poverty, racial disparity, andcommunity-police relations.
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.
Partnership for the Public Good — Mar 27, 2015
The region’s inequality has dramatic effects in every aspect of
life, and the criminal justice system is no exception. As PPG
documented in its 2013 report, Alarming Disparities,
African-Americans account for 14% of Erie County’s population but
43% of arrests and 65% of prison sentences, and Hispanics represent
4.7% of the population but 7% of arrests and 9% of prison
sentences. For some charges, the disparities are especially
striking; for example, African-Americans …
Sahil Jain — Nov 1, 2011
Police, court personnel, and correctional staff interact with,
stabilize, and treat more persons with mental illness than any
other system in America—making criminal justice agencies the
largest mental health provider in the United States. Yet a
wide gap exists between the training of corrections staff and the
enormous responsibility they have for day-to-day management of
mental health issues. To narrow this gap in jail and prison
settings, the best practices include training …
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.