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More Cops

Martin Kennedy - Tuesday, February 19, 2019
From Our February 1st Report:  

Comparing the cost of police with the benefit of reduced crime, (Alex) Taboarrok, the economist, has long argued that we’re under-policed (and over-prisoned). 
It’s important in the debate over better policing that we not lose sight of the value of policing. Given the benefits of reduced crime and the cost of police, it’s clear that U.S. cities are under policed. We need better policing–including changes in laws–so that we can all be comfortable with more policing. Tabarrok, 2018.

From (left-leaning) Vox, specifically (left-leaning)  Matthew Yglesias  February 13, 2019
Solid data suggests that even if you take a realistic view of the police, spending money to hire more police officers — an idea espoused by both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — is a sound approach to the multifaceted problem of criminal justice. More police officers, in particular, doesn’t need to mean more arrests and more incarceration. More beat cops walking the streets seems to deter crime and reduce the need to arrest anyone. And some of the best-validated approaches to reducing excessive use of force by police officers require departments to adopt more manpower-intensive practices.

In terms of the intersection of criminal justice policy and racial politics, new polling provided exclusively to Vox from the leading Democratic data firm Civis Analytics shows that black voters — just like white ones — support the idea of hiring more police officers. Black voters are likely aware that they are disproportionately likely to be victims of crime and disproportionately likely to benefit from extra police staffing in high-crime areas. Indeed, as Jenée Desmond-Harris wrote for Vox in 2015, one primary grievance African Americans have with the criminal justice systems is that black neighborhoods are paradoxically underpoliced.  Read the whole thing...

TPM:  Yet to hear a strong argument for establishing state-wide regs on oversight boards.  On the contrary, local conditions vary and should be allowed flexibility.  Could there be unintended consequences?  Sure, but let the locals deal with them.  

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