Policing Reform Legislation: Conditions on Funding and New Grant Authorizations

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released several new reports detailing topics related to policing. The first report, “Policing Reform Legislation: Conditions on Funding and New Grant Authorizations,” discusses the new police reform legislation, the George Floyd Justice Policing Act of 2021 (JIPA, H.R. 1280), as an omnibus measure which would address a variety of policing reform topics and approaches, including police funding. The second report, “Programs to Collect Data on Law Enforcement Activities: Overview and Issues,” discusses how JIPA would establish programs for law enforcement agencies to collect data on a variety of activities, such as the use of force, racial profiling and in-custody deaths. The third report, “Proposals for Systems of Records on Decertified Officers and Police Misconduct,” discusses how JIPA will attempt to curb so-called “wandering officers” (i.e., law enforcement officers who are fired or resign under threat of termination, but are later hired by another law enforcement agency, often in another state).

All three (PDF) reports can be found at https://tinyurl.com/37ktasd7; https://tinyurl.com/22vyd6tk; and https://tinyurl.com/vstt2kb8