BUFFALO STUDIES


Save Money, Save Lives: An Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act

From Partnership for the Public Good

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“In New York State, a majority of state lawmakers support passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (S.1623/A.2500), to restrict the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails in line with international human rights standards. This report provides a fiscal analysis of the implementation of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act, estimating that implementing the HALT Act can save New York State and local governments an estimated $132 million dollars annually, or $1.3 billion dollars over 10 years.”

Footage Release Policies for the Buffalo Police Department

By Sarah Wooton

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“The City of Buffalo needs to make numerous changes to its body camera policy to make it a more effective tool for transparency and police accountability. In this brief we examine one of those changes: footage release policy. To be effective accountability tools, police body cameras must be accompanied by good policies governing their usage and giving the public access to footage. Otherwise, exemptions in state freedom of information laws can be used to limit the disclosure of critical evidence of misconduct.”

Shrinking Jails, Rising Costs: Erie County’s Wasteful Jail Budget

By Colleen Kristich

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“This policy brief presents data on the makeup of the Erie County jail population, which has reduced by 48% since 2017. It examines the capacity of both jails and determines that one jail could be closed, with savings redirected to other community-based harm reduction services. The brief compares Erie County spending on jails with spending on mental and public health, and makes recommendations for County leaders to further reduce the jail population and solicit public input into the jail closure process.”

Evicted in Buffalo: the High Costs of Involuntary Mobility

From Partnership for the Public Good and PUSH Buffalo

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“For this report, we spoke to tenants, judges, attorneys, and community organizations, observed eviction cases, and analyzed data from the city, county and courts. The report discusses the scale of the problem, determines who is impacted the most, and presents solutions from across the country to improve housing stability for our city’s tenants.”