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Assessing the Impact of Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program

LJAF Criminal Justice Initiative
 
Earlier today, researchers at the University of Washington released promising results from an LJAF-funded study of Seattle’s innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.  Through LEAD, officers in two Seattle neighborhoods can divert low-level drug and prostitution offenders to the care of case managers, social workers, and drug treatment officers w

ESTABLISHING THE EFFECT POLICE BODY-WORN CAMERAS HAVE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

 
Anne Milgram
Vice President of Criminal Justice
 
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is working to help policymakers and police departments better understand the impact that police body-worn cameras (BWCs) have on public safety, policing strategies, and community perceptions of law enforcement.
 
There is currently very limited research on BWCs, and many practical questions – ranging from privacy concerns to the significant costs related to tape storage – remain unanswered.
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JOSH MCGEE: FIREFIGHTERS PENSION DEAL WILL COST MORE IN THE LONG RUN

 
After complaining that previous administrations have failed to fix the city's broken pension system, some city leaders are now doing exactly what they have faulted their predecessors for.

LAURA ARNOLD: TEXAS DEFENDER DREW UNFAIR TREATMENT

 
We all have differing opinions on the death penalty. But we should all agree on one thing: If Texas is going to have a death penalty, the system for administering it must be fair and just, with the convicted given every opportunity under the law to defend themselves.
 
Execution is too final a punishment for Texans to accept anything less.

To Minimize Injustice, Use Big Data

August 20, 2014
 
In recent weeks, there have been questions about the criminal justice system’s use of “big data” in sentencing decisions. Some have even alleged that the practice is “deeply unfair and almost certainly unconstitutional.” This assertion is simply incorrect.

Pension Debt Strains Chicago’s Finances, Threatens Retiree Security

 
Moody’s Investors Service last week downgraded the City of Chicago’s credit rating yet again, barely eight months after a triple notch hit last July. The latest downgrade of Chicago’s general obligation bonds to Baa1 means Chicago now has the worst credit rating of any major U.S.