Policing v. Social Service Spending in America
Law enforcement is the largest budget item for many American cities. The LAPD accounts for nearly one-third of Los Angeles’s annual $10.5 billion budget. In New York City, the NYPD budget totals more than $5.6 billion, surpassing what the city spends on health care, homeless services, housing, and community development combined. Should we rethink law enforcement spending?