Analysis: Thirty-four States Enacted 79 Laws Affecting Policing from 2015-2016

Publication date: 
April, 2017
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Vera Institute of Justice

Analysis: Thirty-four States Enacted 79 Laws Affecting Policing from 2015-2016

The Vera Institute of Justice releases a review of state-level changes in policing policy and practice enacted in 2015 and 2016.

The report revealed that there has been a significant uptick in states’ actions around policing, including clarifying and improving policies around use-of-force and misconduct cases and improving tracking of police operations around the use of body-worn cameras in order to both protect the public and police officers.

Overall, 34 states and the District of Columbia made at least 79 changes to their laws governing policing in the last two years, compared to fewer than 20 bills total in the prior three-year period. The most widespread trend was to document police operations—30 geographically and politically diverse states passed such laws...

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