crime

Advocates call on lawmakers to expand employment, housing protections for victims of violent crimes

BY: - March 16, 2023

Landress Luckey held up two photos Wednesday morning in the Ohio Statehouse atrium — one was of her daughter Laura Luckey and the other was Laura’s friend. Both young women had died from violence.  Luckey was standing alongside six other women clutching tea light candles in front of a couple hundred people as part of […]

GOP law-and-order pitch didn’t win many converts, expert says

BY: - December 16, 2022

Republicans nationwide went big on claims that crime was rampant in our cities and that it was crucial to elect hard-nosed conservatives to stop it. The November midterms showed that those appeals failed to win over many voters who weren’t already part of the GOP’s rural and exurban base, the executive director of the Death […]

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

BY: - September 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans sought to draw attention to U.S. crime rates Wednesday, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally

BY: - June 24, 2022

As with so many aspects of the culture wars, the American debate over abortion seems to spend little time considering what policies will actually do to the people at whom they’re aimed. Proponents of restrictions — or outright bans — believe they’re fighting to save unborn lives. But while the question of when an unborn […]

Ohio AG, governor announce $10M  for solving gun crime

BY: - April 4, 2022

In the face of spiking gun crime, the state’s top two officials on Thursday announced a $10.5 million investment in technology and personnel to trace fugitive guns across jurisdictions. As he announced the program, Gov. Mike DeWine denied that when he signed a bill earlier this month eliminating gun-permitting requirements, he might have helped to […]

COMMENTARY

Social workers could bolster emergency services

BY: - January 10, 2022

In 2019, more than one in seven calls received by the Shaker Heights Police Department were related to mental health — over 5,000 mental health calls in total. Shaker Heights Police Chief Jeff DeMuth expects this number was even higher in 2020 due to increased stress and depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To deal […]

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission

BY: - September 8, 2021

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission. Troopers sent to Texas despite higher crime in Ohio.

No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less

BY: - August 3, 2021

It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion. And, some border officials say, continuing to promote it will only lead to another racist massacre […]

Ohio sent troopers, Guard to Texas border. Nobody will say where they are or what they’re doing.

BY: - July 19, 2021

Ohio sent troopers, Guard to the Texas border. Nobody will say where there are or what they're doing

Ohio AG: Clear death penalty roadblocks or get rid of it

BY: - April 6, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week used an annual report to draw attention to the fact that 140 people are languishing on death row because Ohio’s death penalty machinery “has grown increasingly time consuming, costly and lethargic.”  Yost, a former prosecutor, might be expected to call for ways to speed up executions. But in […]

Study: Undocumented immigrants may actually make communities safer, not more dangerous

BY: and - October 28, 2020

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Undocumented immigration does not increase the violent crime rate in U.S. metropolitan areas. In fact, it may reduce property crime rates. These are the key findings from our recently published article in the Journal of Crime and Justice, co-authored by Yulin […]