It is not an easy question…or, more accurately, it is not an easy question to answer. But, thanks to the Council on State Governments, it may be easier than you think.
The Council on State Governments Justice Center has released the 50-State Report on Public Safety, a first of its kind, web based resource that combines extensive data analysis, case studies and recommended strategies to help policymakers address their state’s specific public safety challenges. Here is an excerpt from the report:
Although crime rates across the country are near all-time lows, each state faces a unique combination of public safety challenges, including increasing crime rates in some communities, growing numbers of people who have mental illnesses entering county jails and state prisons, spiking opioid and other drug-related deaths, high recidivism rates, rising correctional populations and costs, pervasive barriers to employment and housing for people with criminal records, and more. These challenges may appear overwhelming, but many states are using innovative approaches to tackle them and are achieving results.