Democratic Municipal Officials Digest
Week of 8/8/2022
- Introducing the CitiesSpeak podcast, with NLC President Clarence Anthony
- White House Releases Fact Sheets Highlighting President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Historic Progress Nationwide
Ideas for Cities
In Depth – What Works to Reduce Violent Crime
- Longer prison sentences do not deter crime. If someone doesn’t believe they will get caught, there is no difference between a short and long sentence in their calculation of risk.
- Increasing the probability of being caught does deter crime. Police visibility directly impacts a likely offender’s perception that they will get caught.
- Leniency for first-time, non-violent offenders also reduces recidivism by ~50%. Entering first-time offenders into the prison system introduces them to a network of criminals, while limiting their ability to earn a living upon release.
- Similarly, housing, food stamps, and other social aid programs provide legitimate resources that give adults a stake in the system, and reduce the likelihood of criminal offenses.
- Increasing access to mental health resources reduces violent crime.
- Summer Youth Employment Programs also reduce violent crime. Not only do summer jobs provide a legitimate means of earning a living, they introduce teens to positive adult mentors in the workforce.
News for Democrats
- FACT SHEET: President Biden Issues Executive Order at the First Meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access