Policy Analysis 1

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Policy Analysis 1

A current local issue that directly affects public policy that pertains to the criminal justice system is a bill that is currently moving through the Legislature known as Senate Bill 865. The city of Detroit is facing a fiscal crisis. Threats of budget cutting have become reality. Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Rick Snyder are arguing policy change in hopes to revamp the city of Detroit. In addition, Snyder wants to implement Public Act 4, the emergency manager enabling legislation that will place an emergency manager with a “Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) in charge of the city in hopes to get Detroit back on track.
The argument between Michigan’s State and Local government continues to be an issue. Mayor Dave Bing in efforts to save the “Murder Capital” of the United States decided to cut the city’s budget by laying-off 108 police officers planned to take place in mid-June. The officers this will affect are the newest hired. Furthermore, the City of Detroit spends more money on police than all of the 10 safest American cities similar in size. According to Detroit Police Department (DPD) statistics, crime is up 2.25% compared to 2011. Agency (2012), “There have been 93 homicides in Detroit, as of April 8, only three fewer than last year this time and 10 more than in 2010” (para. 2). Statistics like this have many questioning the layoffs of police officers, especially when it is known that more visible police in the city deters crime.
Back in November 2011 Mayor Dave Bing stated that public safety in the city the most important service that the city provides. However, even after a 10% pay cut directly affecting police officers and firefighters an audit of the city’s finances reveal that the city will be bankrupt by April 2012. The McKinsey audit of DPD indicates that only one-third of Detroit trained officers are on…...

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