The public is concerned about crime and distrustful of the justice system.
- In recent polls, crime ranks as one of the top 3–5 most important issues for voters.1
- Just 14 percent of the public report “quite a lot” of confidence in the criminal justice system.2
- Between racial disparities and concerns about violence and disorder, people are worried the justice system is broken.
State leaders need a plan to advance safety and justice.
- To be effective, any plan must be responsive to state-specific trends and research-based tactics.
- Governors and legislators are best positioned to bring together people and data from across their states to develop a plan that is effective, efficient, and fair.
Footnotes and Project Credits
1. Frank Newport, “Crime, American Public Opinion and the Election,” Gallup, November 18, 2022, accessed December 21, 2022, https://news.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/405371/crime-american-public-opinion-election.aspx.
2. Jeffrey M. Jones, “Confidence in U.S. Institutions Down; Average at New Low,” Gallup, July 5, 2022, accessed November 29, 2022, https://news.gallup.com/poll/394283/confidence-institutions-down-average-new-low.aspx.
Writing: Marshall Clement, CSG Justice Center
Data Analysis and Visualization: Matt Herman, CSG Justice Center
Advising: Dion Clark, Grace Beil Call, Jessica Saunders, CSG Justice Center
Editing: Leslie Griffin, CSG Justice Center
Public Affairs: Brenna Callahan, CSG Justice Center
Design/Web Development: Catherine Allary, CSG Justice Center; eleventy Marketing Group