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DLC | New Dem Daily | September 29, 2020
How to Kill an Idea
Like the recent decision by the Republican congressional leadership to let another initiative strongly supported by police officers, the assault gun ban, go to its grave, the assault on COPS represents the triumph of ideology over ideas, and of partisanship over policies that work.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2021
The Return of Rising Crime Rates
By Jose Cerda III
During the Clinton administration, fighting crime was a top priority. But the Bush administration has put the fight against crime on the back burner. Not surprisingly, crime has started to rise again.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 15, 2020
First Responders Last
By Rob Lott
Firefighters and EMS workers aren't getting the funds they need. And many are working two and three jobs.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 8, 2020
Cop Crunch
By Jose Cerda III
A new DLC study shows that the Bush administration is hollowing out our police forces. While the White House refuses to adequately fund first responders, police face rising crime and terror threats. That's why we need a new vision of law enforcement that makes police key players in homeland security.

DLC | Briefing | April 8, 2020
Cop Out: City-by-City Survey Results
City-by-city data for the 44 major urban police departments surveyed in "Cop Out: The Soldiers Bush Forgot," by DLC senior policy adviser Jose Cerda III, a report illustrating the extent of America's cop crunch.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 3, 2020
Bush Blasts Congress for Failing to Rob Paul to Pay Paul
Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are clearly determined to push state and local law enforcement to the wall at a time when they are not only assuming enormous new homeland security duties, but are also dealing with rising crime rates.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 11, 2021
Bill Bratton's New Challenge: Los Angeles
By Rob Lott
Can the police chief who turned around New York and Boston work his magic in gang-riddled L.A.?

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 31, 2020
Bratton Lays Down the Law
In appointing William Bratton as the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Mayor James Hahn clearly wanted an "impact player" for the LAPD, and it looks like that's what he's got.

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 29, 2020
Making a Federal Case Out of Rising Crime
It's time for the news media and Democrats to begin holding the Administration accountable for severe negligence in the face of rising crime.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 1, 2021
Idea of the Week: Universal Post-Prison Supervision
Now that post-prison supervision has been untangled from the controversy about short sentences, it's time to take it seriously again, and ensure that law enforcement agencies are able to keep tabs on those most likely to commit crimes in the future.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 10, 2020
Crime and Punishment
By Fred Siegel
A review of four recently released books dealing with crime and incarceration.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 5, 2020
End Racial Profiling Now, Not Later
We're glad the President and the Attorney General have condemned racial profiling. But ending it -- now, not later -- means admitting the problem and its roots, and by all means, avoiding decisions that will tempt cops across the country to continue racial profiling, out of blindness and futility as much as racism.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 7, 2021
Crime Story: The Digital Age
By John D. Cohen
Harnessing new technologies to community policing.

DLC | New Dem Daily | December 7, 2020
Tragedy in Black and Blue
The New Jersey State Police last week released 91,000 pages of documents related to the racial profiling controversy that has bedeviled the Garden State for the last few years. The documents paint a picture that further underscores the need for a strategy to replace the deplorable practice of "racial profiling" with a system of "criminal profiling."

DLC | The New Democrat | August 1, 2020
Repairing the Social Fabric
By David Osborne and Peter Plastrik
An excerpt from "The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government."

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 14, 2020
Idea of the Week: Computer Mapping For Public Services
Early this year, newly elected Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore decided to replicate "ComStat," a computerized system first developed in New York to display, in near "real-time," exactly where crimes are occurring. But when O'Malley and his staff watched ComStat in action, they had a simple but very important insight: why stop with policing? Why not use computer mapping to revolutionize other city services as well?

DLC Update | March 6, 2020
Bad Policing, Big Scandals
Bad policing tactics lead to tragic results, and a breakdown of public faith in their uniformed defenders.

DLC | The New Democrat | March 1, 2020
Eliminating Racial Profiling
By John D. Cohen, Janet J. Lennon, and Robert Wasserman
Progressives should press for an end to the practice on both civic and practical grounds.

PPI | Policy Report | February 15, 2021
Eliminating Racial Profiling
By John D. Cohen, Janet Lennon, and Robert Wasserman
In this paper, we propose replacing racial profiling with new tools that will help the police to make better judgments, deploy their resources more strategically, and most important of all, help them enlist citizens in crime-riddled neighborhoods in their own self-defense.

DLC | The New Democrat | September 1, 2020
Prosecutors and Probation Officers Join the Community Policing Beat
By Theo Yedinsky
The true measure of success in law enforcement is not high prosecution and conviction rates but communities that are crime-free.

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