“Arrest & Incarcerate” has been the response to crime for the last 30 years, leaving us with overflowing jails & prisons, lives and communities destroyed and with little to no increase in public safety. It is a failed model. Across the nation, communities are imagining a new paradigm of public safety in order to proactively address the root causes of crime. Re-Investing in Public Safety would redirect money from the arrest & incarcerate model to partnerships with social services.
The Campaign for Real Public, therefore, has three components:
1) Divesting from Police
2) Re-Investing through implementation of Cure Violence as a first-step alternative to policing
3) Re-Investing through building the Health Department and other social services in order to build communities and create an environment where people are truly safe.
If you would like us to present to your neighborhood group, church group or social justice organization, please contact us at 314-332-1262.
Divesting from Police
Police are eating up our city budget, simultaneously making community investment impossible and failing to solve our violent crime problem. In the process, they reign violence upon our communities. CAPCR advocates a process of immediately pulling money from the SLMPD budget and beginning to imagine a world where we no longer need police at all.
Sound unlikely? It's definitely a long term goal. But these resources will help sketch out the road map:
CAPCR is pushing to implement Cure Violence in St. Louis. This is an effective program to interrupt the spread of violence by viewing it as a public health issue. Cure Violence hires people from affected communities who mediate and deescalate disputes. They also hook youth up to job and education programs, and work with existing community networks to strengthen social bonds. Cure Violence does not work with police, thereby better building trust on the streets.
The Health Department currently receives less than 1% of the City's General Fund Budget. Our goal is to build Health Dept. capacity so it can provide the services people need to thrive. What programs would you like to see?