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Chief Louis M. Dekmar of LaGRANGE, Georgia recently apologized to community members for the horrific lynching of Austin Callaway 77 yeras ago. Chief Dekmar said he was "profoundly sorry" for the police department's role in such a gross injustice.
His statement epitomizes the first element of our reconciliation process to bring law enforcement and communities closer to a place of mutual understanding and respect.
The National Initiative is currently seeking a permanent Project Director to oversee strategic implementation in six pilot cities around the United States. A more detailed job description and application information can be found by clicking the link above.
National Initiative Research Associate Sonia Tsuruoka recently published highlights from each of our partner cities. Get updated on how the work is going here.
With a focus on our partners in Gary, IN, the Wall Street Journal profiles the important and promising work of the National Initiative.
The Office of Police Conduct Review in Minneapolis, MN recently unveiled a new data portal that provides unparalleled access to police complaint data. Community members can now access this data and avoid waiting for quarterly reports or having to make specific requests. The portal includes interactive maps, demographic information, and disciplinary outcomes. This product undoubtedly makes Minneapolis one of the most transparent cities in America with respect to sharing information on police behavior.
A Tale of Six Cities - PA Times
Nearly 8 Decades Later, an Apology for a Lynching in Georgia - The New York Times
Community-police dialogue is a win-win for all - The Florida-Times Union
Crime dropped faster in 2015 in states with larger prison declines - Pew Charitable Trusts
Peduto: Pittsburgh ‘Turning The Corner’ On Police Diversity - WESA Pittsburgh
13 Places that Saw Bail Reform in 2016 - Cleveland.com
Implicit bias describes the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.
Procedural justice focuses on the way police and other legal authorities interact with the public, and how the characteristics of those interactions shape the public’s views of the police, their willingness to obey the law, and actual crime rates.
Reconciliation is a method of facilitating frank engagements between minority communities, police and other authorities that allow them to address historical tensions, grievances, and misconceptions, and reset relationships.
For more information about technical assistance through the National Initiative, please submit requests to the Office of Justice (OJP) Programs Diagnostic Center. The OJP Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to help state, city, county and tribal policymakers and community leaders use data to make decisions about criminal justice programming. The Diagnostic Center invests in what works by bridging the gap between data and criminal justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center engagements are intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about criminal justice and public safety.