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Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration released a five-part agenda Monday outlining specific steps the new Administration can take to promote public safety. The group urged President Donald Trump to embrace policies that reduce incarceration rates while strengthening efforts to fight violent crime, after he issued several executive orders on crime last week.
In a statement announcing the agenda, the group’s founding chairman Ronal Serpas applauded the public safety focus of the president, and asked the administration to embrace the lessons of the past.
“Law and order comes best when we have smart policing. It need not be a synonym for unnecessary arrests, prosecutions, and imprisonment. We know that doesn’t make us safer,” said Serpas, the former New Orleans Police Superintendent. He penned the foreword to the report with former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the group’s new co-chairman.
Fighting Crime and Strengthening Criminal Justice: An Agenda for the New Administration outlines five concrete steps President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions can take as part of a robust anti-crime agenda: prioritize fighting violent crime, enact federal sentencing reform, increase mental health and drug treatment, bolster community policing, and expand recidivism reduction programs in prison. The group also requested an in-person meeting with President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss public safety policies.