Beyond Arrest: Prioritizing Community Safety & Wellness
On Thursday, March 2, The Data Collaborative for Justice hosted a webinar: “Beyond Arrest: Prioritizing Community Safety & Wellness”, where we brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss the most recent research on alternatives to arrest and the practical implementation of these alternatives.
Researchers shared an overview of alternatives to arrest programs throughout the country, highlighting those which have been found to be effective, promising, and in need of further evaluation. Research panelists also shared their perspectives on challenges and opportunities for the continued use and replication of these programs.
Anita Ravishankar (Director of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures)
Anna Harvey (Director of the Public Safety Lab, New York University)
Emily Knaphus-Soran (Professor of Sociology, University of Washington)
Jac Charlier (Executive Director, TASC)
Melissa Labriola (Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation)
Policy & Practice Panel
Following the research panel, practitioners, both law enforcement and program leaders, who have implemented alternatives to arrest in their local jurisdictions, discussed their approaches to the work of mitigating arrest, how they identify individual needs and appropriate services, and how these programs might be more impactful.
Marc Krupanski (Director of Criminal Justice – Policing)
Jonathan Brooks (Deputy Chief of Police, Tulsa, OK PD)
Malika Lamont (Director – LEAD Bureau Washington State Technical Assistance Team)
Mariela Ruiz-Angel (Director, Albuquerque Community Safety Department)
Moki Macias (Executive Director of the Atlanta-Based Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative [PAD])
DCJ has released an associated report, “Lower-Level Enforcement, Racial Disparities, and Alternatives to Arrest: A Review of Research and Practice from 1970 to 2021.” This report synthesizes the literature on policy, practice and research to-date on alternatives to arrest, focusing on five key models: Citations, Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs, Legalization (& Decriminalization), Police-Involved Crisis Response Models, & Non-Police Models.