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December 4, 2020

Buffalo News: "The Editorial Board: Close the Alden jail"

News Editorial Board | Dec 4, 2020 The Partnership for the Public Good recently issued the report, “Shrinking Jails, Rising Costs: Erie County’s Wasteful Jail Budget.” Its principal author, Colleen Kristich, believes it is time for the county to make the switch to one …

December 3, 2020

Investigative Post: "City Hall spending on police has skyrocketed"

By Geoff Kelly | December 3, 2020 In August the Partnership for the Public Good hosted a presentation on the growth of Buffalo’s police budget over the past 15 years. One conclusion: As the cost of policing has ballooned, spending on other city departments has suffered.

December 1, 2020

New Publication: "Save Money, Save Lives: An Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act"

In New York State, a majority of state lawmakers support passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (S.1623/A.2500), to restrict the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails in line with international human rights standards. Several local legislatures …

November 30, 2020

Buffalo News: "Council expects data analytics center to improve policing – if Buffalo gets the money"

By Deidre Williams | Nov 30, 2020  The Common Council this week passed another component of the city's police reform agenda by approving a $2.9 million, three-year contract with SAS Institute to create a data analytics center to track and evaluate police training, as …

November 29, 2020

Buffalo News: "Study says it's time to close an Erie County jail. But which one?"

By Matthew Spina | Nov 29, 2020 The Erie County Holding Center, once one of the state’s busiest jails, ran at 26% of its capacity just days ago, and the county Correctional Facility in Alden held less than half of the number of prisoners it could house. Either facility could close, …

November 27, 2020

Times Union: "Report: Reducing solitary confinement could save New York $132M annually"

By Amanda Fries | Nov. 27, 2020 ALBANY — Reducing the use of solitary confinement in prisons could save New York and its localities $132 million annually over the next 10 years, according to a report released by the Partnership for Public Good. The report conducted by the Buffalo Niagara …

November 3, 2020

Concerns on the Proposed SAS Data Center and Bringing Predictive Policing to Buffalo

Last week, the City of Buffalo announced a proposed 3-year contract with SAS Institute to create a data analytics center and “use predictive modeling to determine best practices,” with “police training and practices” as the first use of the technology. We urge the Buffalo …

October 27, 2020

WKBW: "Questions linger over multi-million dollar Buffalo police data analytics proposal"

By Madison Carter | October 27, 2020  A multi-million dollar funding request has landed with Buffalo’s common council. The police department is seeking to enter into a contract with SAS Data Management systems to analyze the newly announced police reforms out of Mayor …

September 25, 2020

2019 Arrest Data in Buffalo

This dataset offers some of the demographics and disparities of arrests in the City of Buffalo, based on arrest data reported by the Buffalo Police Department to New York State.

September 16, 2020

WBFO: "Motions to get involved denied, except for two, in lawsuit over Section 50-a repeal"

Oral arguments will continue next month in a lawsuit filed by the unions representing Buffalo police officers and firefighters, in their bid to halt the release of certain disciplinary and personnel records to the public. On Wednesday, all but two of several motions by parties looking to get …

July 16, 2020

Local Experts Teach Buffalo Police Department Budget 101 Workshop

Watch the full workshop recording here. City budgets and police budgets are complicated beasts. To understand how much we—as a city—spend on policing, the Buffalo Co-Lab and PPG hosted a Buffalo Police Department Budget 101 Workshop.  Guest speakers included …

June 30, 2020

Buffalo News: "With guns drawn, DEA agents terrorize tenants, but the warrant names someone else"

By Matthew Spina | June 30, 2020  When police and federal agents raid residences, they don’t always get it right. Buffalo police in 2008 used a battering ram to force their way into a West Side apartment, and threatened a family of eight with firearms, one of …