Cities Spend More and More on Police. Is It Working?

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 7 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Oakland spent 41 percent of the city’s general fund on policing in Fiscal Year 2017. Chicago spent nearly 39 percent, Minneapolis almost 36 percent, Houston 35 percent.

The figures reflect an accelerating trend in the past 30 years, as city governments have forked over larger and larger shares of their budgets toward law enforcement at the expense of social services, health care, infrastructure and other types of spending, according to a new report from a network of civil rights groups.

The report, released Wednesday and spearheaded by The Center for Popular Democracy, Law for Black Lives and the Black Youth Project 100, is far from comprehensive, focusing on only a dozen localities. Its conclusions similarly are not universally accepted.

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