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Ending Systemic Racism: What Should Government Do?

Thumbnail: I recently posted a New York Daily News’ column by David Eichenthal, prominent consultant on city finances and justice with the PFM Group.  He was also lead consultant to City of Memphis’ Five Year Strategic Fiscal and Management Plan.  He says police and corrections have become sacred cows, with elected officials calling for more police as a show of their commitment to crime reduction, when it is time to reexamine and revamp hiring practices to require standards of professionalism, no tolerance policies toward abuse, and common sense policies limiting the use of force.

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The Fiscal Case For Defunding The Police

Thumbnail: Prominent consultant on city finances and justice David Eichenthal’s New York Daily News op-ed is especially relevant to Memphis.  He says police and corrections have become sacred cows, with elected officials calling for more police as a show of their commitment to crime reduction.  He cites that Memphis spends 38% of its budget on police and now’s the time to consider other options to fight crime.   

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Budget Uproar Suggests The Need For More From The Sheriff’s Department

Thumbnail: Another volatile county commissioners’ meeting resulted from suggestions that the sheriff’s budget should be reduced.  The budget is significantly larger than the mayor’s budget and accounts for 45% of the general fund.  The sheriff needs to step forward to lead the process to reimagine better law enforcement.

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