(Spanish translation available)
For decades, the federal, state and local governments have thrown billions of dollars into police forces and jails. But this massive spending on policing and incarceration has done little to reduce drug addiction or to increase public safety. Some states shifted funding from law enforcement into community-based alternatives, such as education, local restorative justice services, and employment programs. How did they make this happen? What can other states learn from what has been done?
Lynne Lyman, Director, Strategy and Expansion, A New Way of Life, Los Angeles, CA
- Juston Cooper, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Denver, CO
- Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director, ACLU of California, San Diego, CA
- Andy Ko, Executive Director, Partnership for Safety and Justice, Portland, OR
- Michael Mitchell, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC