Reallocation of Police Funds

Reallocation of Police Funds

The many killings of unarmed African American residents by police officers during 2020 have increased national awareness of the consequences of forceful over-policing tactics in predominantly Black communities. These senseless deaths have prompted a burgeoning call to “Defund the Police” –of which, chanting echoes can be heard across the nation. Although the differentiated interpretation of its meaning and purpose – reallocation vs.dismantle – has persisted, the defund the police messaging has led to honest national conversations and debates on federal, state, and local funding for police departments. According to a Popular Democracy report, between 20% and 45% percent of local municipality discretionary funding is allocated toward law enforcement departments. A Bloomberg report found that since 1977, the United States’ policing budget has nearly tripled to $115 billion, despite the decrease in crime.2 In another report examining state and local budgets spanning 60 years, Bloomberg found no significant relationship between increased police budgets and a crime reduction. This is the fifth in a series of action briefs on police reform.

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Reallocation of Police Funds
Reallocation of Police Funds