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New Report Shows Trump Administration ‘The Right Way To Send In The Feds’

By in Huffington Post on June 19, 2017

By Julia Craven

WASHINGTON ― A few days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump vowed to “send in the feds” in order to address the high rates of gun violence plaguing Chicago, Illinois.

If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

It wasn’t the first time Trump had advocated for federal intervention to overhaul public safety measures in Chicago and he often references the city when pushing his “tough-on-crime” policy ideals. But crime rates in the United States have remained near historic lows in 2016, according to a report from The Brennan Center for Justice, with the exception of a few major cities that saw spikes in violent crimes ― including Chicago which saw an 17.7 percent increase.

A new report from the Center for American Progress aims to contextualize Trump’s statements to “send in the Feds” in light of the Justice Department’s National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which begins this week.

The report, titled “The Right Way To Send In The Feds,” argues that the government should develop and fund crime reduction and prevention policies instead of advocating for a complete overhaul.

A few report highlights:

  • Trump’s budget would cut key violence prevention and mentoring programs in the Justice Department while increasing funding to enforcement efforts. But partnerships with the Justice Department have had positive results in Chicago. One program provided high-school kids with summer jobs and assigned them mentors who helped them manage their emotions and behavior. Results from a random control study of the program showed a 43 percent decrease in violent crime among participants.
  • A lack of funding to the […]    

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