Addressing the Roots of Crime in Columbus

Idea Category: Criminal Justice, Safety Net

NewDEAL Leader Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein unveiled a new pilot program to reduce theft recidivism, aiming to address the underlying needs and instability that drive an individual to repeat theft rather than simply punishing the crime. Repeat offenders who have stolen from large stores will be eligible to be diverted from jail to case workers who will develop a plan tailored to their needs, whether treatment for addiction or access to services for food insecurity. Learn more about the diversion program, which will be funded by a combination of federal and city money.

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Achieving Meaningful Police Reform

Idea Category: Public Safety