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PPI | Testimony | May 20, 2020
Can the Use of Factual Data Analysis Strengthen National Security?
By John D. Cohen
Testimony before the House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 15, 2020
CompStat, Version 2.0
By David Billings
A Florida sheriff is using high-tech accountability to dramatically lower crime rates.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 25, 2020
A Conversation with Martha Coakley on Prosecuting Crime
As the district attorney of Middlesex County, Mass., Martha Coakley represents one quarter of the state's population, including the Boston metropolitan area. Her district's 54 cities and towns all have their own laws and police departments, and working with them all requires a progressive approach. With a reputation as a tough prosecutor, Coakley relies on both prevention and punishment -- with solid results. She talked to Blueprint about her crime-fighting techniques.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 25, 2020
Blueprint Profile: Eddie Perez
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez hopes to build a fully trained, volunteer-based citizen patrol to walk the streets of Hartford, reminding people about the dangers of gun violence and other crimes.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 25, 2020
Stop the Revolving Door
By Mark A.R. Kleiman
Accountability for results helped police reduce crime. It's time to try it in corrections as well.

PPI | Policy Report | May 23, 2020
Prison Labor: It's More than Breaking Rocks
By Robert D. Atkinson
There is a lot that can and should be done to ensure that workers and businesses benefit in the New Economy. Opposing prison labor is not one of them. In fact, limiting prison labor would lower economic growth, while reducing the effectiveness of prisons to move prisoners to productive and law-abiding lives when they are released.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2020
A conversation with Rocky Delgadillo on Community Prosecution
The Los Angeles City Attorney takes questions from Blueprint magazine.

PPI | Briefing | January 18, 2021
The State and Local Role in Domestic Defense
By John D. Cohen and John A. Hurson
The best preparation for future acts of terror can be found in the same techniques and technologies that can be used to better protect our neighborhoods from drug traffickers, robbers, and burglars, and to keep our communities healthier.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 20, 2020
Idea of the Week: Court Leave for Crime Victims
Under the leadership of State Attorney General Janet Napolitano, Arizona has helped further the progress of the Victims' Rights movement by creating a legal right for crime victims to get (unpaid) time off from work to attend court proceedings involving the crime committed against them.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 7, 2021
The Carrot & The Stick
By Eric B. Schnurer and Charles R. Lyons
Why mandatory drug treatment for prisoners and parolees can be a major crime-fighting strategy.

DLC | The New Democrat | December 20, 2020
"A Child Without a Dream Is a Child Without a Chance"
Wintley Phipps, a two-time Grammy Award-nominated gospel singer, is the founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, a nonprofit group that provides children of current and former prisoners with values-centered mentoring, academic tutoring, and exposure to computers and the Internet to help them gain a toehold in the New Economy.

DLC | The New Democrat | December 20, 2020
Keeping Crime Victims in the Information Loop
Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maryland is moving towards a systematic link between victims' rights and supervision of criminals through a 24-7 service that keeps victims informed of the status and location of their tormentors, before and after they do time.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Catching Criminals in the DNA Web
By Rutt Bridges
We need to vastly expand the genetic database of violent offenders.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Fighting Crime and Corruption in New Orleans
By Peter Ross Range
Once known as Murder City, U.S.A., New Orleans has adopted modern police techniques to slash crime and boost its image.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Keeping Crime on the Run
By John J. DiIulio Jr.
We need a new set of public-private initiatives to deal with a record juvenile population and the unintended consequences of today's anti-crime policies.

DLC | New Dem Daily | August 28, 2020
Getting the Drop on Crime
A new Justice Department report on "victimization rates" (generally thought to be the most reliable indicator of crime rates) shows that both violent crimes and property crimes dropped significantly during 1999, capping a strong and steady downward trend in crime rates since 1993. The latest issue of Blueprint: Ideas for a New Century offers a timely analysis of what works in fighting crime, and where the crime policy debate is likely to go in the future.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 14, 2021
Idea of the Week: The Smart Way To End Racial Profiling
A new PPI policy brief argues: "Police rightly focus on high-crime neighborhoods, because that's where the victims are who deserve our protection. But if everyone in the neighborhood is treated as a suspect, then the law-abiding citizens living there feel victimized a second time." The alternative: aligning the police with the community and using better information to target real threats to public safety.

DLC | The New Democrat | July 1, 2020
The New Front Line
By Mark A.R. Kleiman
Converting probation into a serious crimefighting tool.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 5, 2020
Idea of the Week: DNA Tests for Convicted Criminals
Almost all states require DNA sampling for sex offenders, and partly as a result, the FBI has created a national DNA database. But DNA evidence is also available in a wide variety of crimes. So why not expand DNA testing of criminals convicted of other heinous crimes as well?

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 9, 2020
Idea of the Week: Hot Spots
The idea behind "Hot Spots" is to focus extra resources on high-crime areas, in conjunction with community-based strategies for reducing crime and disorder. A year ago in Maryland, thirty six neighborhoods formally became "Hot Spots" -- one in each county that together accounted for 11 percent of the state's violent crime. Though the initiative is only one year old, initial results are strongly positive.

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