Recent Posts

  • New Study Illuminates Underreporting of Deaths due to Police
    A new study finds that official government death records underreport by more than 50% how many people are killed by police. This post summarizes the study’s findings and data and offers our take on how this research should shape the way we think about our communities and government.
  • Prison Gerrymandering Dashboard: Data & Methods
    This post describes the data sources and methods used to create our dashboard on prison gerrymandering for the Tableau Racial Equity Data Hub.
  • New dashboard visualizes scope of prison gerrymandering, points to opportunities for change
    A new dashboard created for the Tableau Racial Equity Data Hub examines prison gerrymandering across states. Prison gerrymandering is the practice of counting incarcerated people where they are imprisoned for the purpose of redistricting.
  • Happy birthday Civilytics!
    A look back, a look forward, and STATS-DC This year marks the 5th anniversary of Civilytics Consulting (founded 8/28/2016). Five years is undoubtedly a milestone – one that most of the times I was sure I’d make it to but not always! When I founded Civilytics, it was with a five-year plan in mind. My plan was to build a […]
  • Four Ways to Look at Police Spending
    As I mentioned in a prior post, I recently presented to a group of academic researchers on local budgets and police spending. In the presentation (and elsewhere ), I talked about 4 different way to look at and present police expenditures. Trying out each approach is important because different frames or lenses can be more powerful or resonate more with […]
  • Myths & Realities of Local Budgets + The Cost of Policing
    I recently presented to a group of academic researchers on the myths and realities of local budgets and police spending and staffing. These are some of the lessons learned from reading and analyzing dozens of city and county budgets in the past 2 years. I wanted to share some of the presentation takeaways with all of you. 3 Key Elements […]
  • What you should know about crime waves and public safety
    Plus catch my presentation at STATS-DC later this month! There’s been lots of discussion of “crime waves” in the past few months. One thing I cannot emphasize enough is how detached these conversations are from both the empirical evidence and the lived experience of violence in the U.S. Whether you are interested in data and measurement, or concerned about how […]