Communications Manager Thomas Hanna writes about how solving violent crimes should be a widely-supported, bipartisan policy priority.
Crime dramas have long been a staple of American television. In these shows, there may be twists, turns, and false starts, but usually the case is closed and a suspect brought to justice. In the real-world, however, more than half of all reported violent crimes go unsolved. And, concerningly, this trend appears to be getting worse, with the rate of solved crimes falling significantly since 2019.
A new bill introduced in Congress aims to address this growing problem. The VICTIM Act would provide funding to local law enforcement agencies to focus on solving violent crimes and supporting to crime victims. This includes things like hiring more investigators, investing in evidence collection and analysis, and improving community relationships.
Violent crime has a devastating effect on individual victims, families, and whole communities. Improving the rate that these crimes are solved and holding the perpetrators accountable should be a top bipartisan priority.
By Michael Friedrich, ArnoldVentures.org contributor
As elected law enforcement professionals, sheriffs have the potential to be uniquely responsive to community needs. Today, some forward-thinking sheriffs are seeking to redefine their role in ways that make their communities safer and fairer.
What’s Happening: Some sheriffs, like Charmaine McGuffey of Hamilton County, Ohio, are bringing together service providers to meet the needs of people incarcerated in the county jail who are experiencing mental and behavioral health issues. Others are improving jail and reentry services, implementing diversion programs, working with community advisory boards, and extending assistance to people experiencing homelessness.
Why It Matters: In recent years, many sheriff's offices have experienced significant problems including excessive use of force, elevated jail suicide rates, and lack of trust from the communities they serve. “Neighborhoods felt they were being over-policed,” says Sheriff Clarence Birkhead of Durham County, North Carolina. “Being a Black man, and now a Black sheriff, I felt the time was right in our nation to do better.”
What’s Next: The actions of these sheriffs are encouraging, and with the help of AV, they are sharing their experiences with other sheriffs and system stakeholders from across the country, which will hopefully lead to wider adoption of important reforms.
How much 72-year-old Mentor, OH, resident Kyunghee Lee’s routine arthritis injection went up after her physician’s practice was acquired by a university hospital – increasing from around $30 to $354.68.
According to a study from Wakely and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars if site neutral payment reforms are adopted.
Read our latest on the impact site neutral reforms have could have on patients.
What We're Reading
Proposed legislation in Illinois would require law enforcement agencies to provide more transparent data on how many homicide cases result in arrests and charges, CBS News reports.
AP has published an investigative report into how prison labor supports the US food system and is linked to numerous products sold in restaurants and on the shelves of grocery stores.
Reuters reports on how thousands of predominately Black and Hispanic people incarcerated in federal prison are now eligible for sentence reductions as a result of last year’s amendments to federal sentencing guidelines, which became retroactive starting on February 1st.
A House Democratic proposal that includes the College Transparency Act marks a “welcome return to normalcy” where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle try to improve higher education through legislative change rather than executive orders, writes AV grantee Beth Akers, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
The ASAP Ohio student success program resulted in a 50 percent increase in graduation rates and an 11 percent boost to post-graduation earnings, MDRC shows in its latest infographic.
Forbes reports on a new study by the HEA Group that found that students borrowers who don’t complete college collectively end up owing more than they initially borrowed.
A new research commentary from MIT evaluates the impact of the BIG WIRES Act, finding it would increase interregional capacity and reduce electricity system costs.
Arnold Ventures’ Program Integrity Fellow Doug Criscitello shines a light on the growth of federal lending and the need for careful design, management, and budgeting.
The New York Times has created useful visuals to demonstrate who would benefit from the bipartisan Child Tax Credit reform that passed the House 357-70 last week.
The Washington Examiner editorial board calls the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act “a big win for conservative tax policy,” and AEI’s Timothy P. Carney discusses the important role the CTC plays in the tax code in The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Treasury has released analysis of the impact of modernization funding for the IRS – finding that the original $80 billion investment would bring in up to $561 billion in additional federal revenue over the next ten years.
Save the Date
On Tuesday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, the Urban Institute will host "The Future of Federal Support for Small Businesses," a panel discussion both in person and on Zoom. Speakers will include Arnold Ventures Public Finance Program Integrity Fellow Doug Criscitello. Learn more and register here.
Some Final Inspiration
Some people can sleep anywhere. And some animals apparently can as well. Check out this picture of a polar bear taking a nap on a sharply inclined iceberg from amateur British photographer Nima Sarikhani that just won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
We're Seeking Proposals
The Higher Education and Evidence-Based Policy teams have created a request for proposals for rigorous impact evaluations of programs and practices (“interventions”) to promote college success in the United States.
Jennifer Reyes provides strategic support to the Communications team and is responsible for a variety of external and internal projects involving writing, web and newsletter production, social media, and design.
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