Assessing the Evidence

Evaluations of Proposed Policing Reforms

In November 2020, the Council on Criminal Justice established the Task Force on Policing to help our nation move decisively forward in ensuring police agencies provide effective, equitable, and respectful services to all of those they are sworn to protect. The Task Force was asked to answer a distinct question: of the most commonly proposed reforms, which ones will have the greatest impact on preventing police use of excessive force, reducing racial biases, increasing police accountability, and improving the relationship between law enforcement and communities?


To fulfill that mission, Task Force members are weighing the relative value of more than two dozen policy proposals based on the best available research and on their individual experience and expertise. The goal is to help policymakers sift through the dizzying array of good ideas and focus on measures likely to produce the greatest change.


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