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D.C. Invests in Enforcement, Cuts Servces

posted Jul 29, 2010, 5:13 PM by DC Behavioral Health Association   [ updated Jul 29, 2010, 5:56 PM ]

The Justice Policy Institute releases a report citing the D.C. Behavioral Health Association’s data analysis of child mental health utilization.  A Capitol Concern: The disproportionate impact of the justice system on low-income communities in D.C.,” examines the connection between poverty and incarceration in the District of Columbia.

 

Report finds that, while violent crime is decreasing in the city, misdemeanor arrests are up 81%.  Since 2008, spending on the Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General increased more than 2 percent and 11 percent respectively, while funding for schools, mental health services and housing has dropped. Research shows that investing in front-end services and programs that keep people out of the justice system is more effective at improving public safety and promoting community well-being than law enforcement and incarceration.

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