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Most of the serious crime in the region is committed against people living in concentrated poverty. The most effective crime-prevention strategy is an anti-poverty strategy. We also need a major new emphasis on community policing, rehabilitation, reentry, restorative justice, and juvenile diversion programs to reduce the rate of recidivism and offer pathways of hope.

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February 19, 2019

Buffalo Law Journal: "Partnership for the Public Good outlines top issues for 2019"

Partnership for the Public Good recently released its annual agenda of issues it will advocate for reform this year, with expansion of voting rights and alternatives to arrest leading the way.  

February 15, 2019

Spectrum News: "Buffalo To Stop Enforcement of Most Marijuana Offenses"

"It's not making our community safer, it's an extra strain of the resources of the police and of the corrections department, and what we should really be focusing on is building healthier and safer communities," O'Suilleabhain said. O'Suilleabhain published a report on marijuana arrests …

November 30, 2018

Buffalo News: “Community policing project takes hold on East Side and in Police Department”

“There are other ways to look at whether community policing is having an effect, ‘although some initiatives may take time before they bear fruit,’ said Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good. They include looking at the number of officers …

November 5, 2018

Buffalo Law Journal News: "Report prompts Erie County attorneys to push for bail reform"

"Backed by the findings of a report on how judges in Erie County issue bail, attorneys and a local legislator are pushing for change. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to reduce the incarcerated population as much as we can,” said Kevin Stadelmaier, chief attorney at …

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Traffic Enforcement, Fines, and Fees: A Community ConversationJune 19, 2019, 6-8 pm

Fair Fines and Fees Coalition - Buffalo

Buffalo drivers from majority-Black neighborhoods are four times more likely than drivers from majority-white neighborhoods to have their licenses suspended. People from mostly Black neighborhoods are eight times more likely to receive multiple tickets in a single traffic stop than folks who live …

Traffic Enforcement, Fines, and Fees: A Community ConversationJune 19, 2019, 6-8 pm

Fair Fines and Fees Coalition - Buffalo

Buffalo drivers from majority-Black neighborhoods are four times more likely than drivers from majority-white neighborhoods to have their licenses suspended. People from mostly Black neighborhoods are eight times more likely to receive multiple tickets in a single traffic stop than folks who live …

Urban Legacy Filmworks: Doug Ruffin on The Public GoodJune 18, 2019, 10-10:30 pm

Sarah Wooton

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Doug Ruffin, owner and founder of Urban Legacy Filmworks. He'll be discussing how he got into filmmaking, his draw to Buffalo-based topics, his inspirations, as well as what's next in his filmmaking career. He'll also be talking about '67 …

Fines and Fees Justice: Katie Adamides, Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, and Jalonda Hill of the Fair Fines and Fees Coalition on The Public GoodJune 11, 2019, 10-10:30 pm

Sarah Wooton

Join us on The Public Good this week! We’ll hear from Katie Adamides, Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, and Jalonda Hill of the Fair Fines and Fees Coalition. Convened by the Western New York Law Center and Buffalo’s African American Health Disparities Task Force, the Coalition consists of …

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