Policy

Defunders Call for Alternatives to Cops—But Do They Work?

Analysis: The evidence on 'violence interrupters' and de-escalation is mixed at best

defund the policeProgressive protesters envision a future where unarmed "de-escalators" and "violence interrupters" replace police—but the cold, hard evidence behind those practices indicates they would be no match for violent crime.

Fund the Police

Analysis: Spend more, not less, to cut crime and improve cops

The progressive left is increasingly agitating for the defunding of America's police departments, even as decades of research indicate that better-funded cops make communities better, while cutting back would see crime spike.