SAFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

WHAT IS THE SAFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE?

Community violence takes many forms, including sexual crimes, inadequate protections for children, and systems that do not adequately help survivors of crime after violence has occurred. The safety of our communities varies by state because there is not a mechanism to quickly or easily learn what other states are doing and to learn from policy success. Because of this lack of comprehensive data, many assume states have to start at square one when dealing with different policy issues. Many states have already made progress in various areas that improve community safety. Learning from these states removes the barriers to progress. 

MISSION: Make all communities safer through a comprehensive study of existing state laws designed to inspire change and equip advocates, stakeholders, and lawmakers with tools they need to make their communities safer.

GOAL: Ensure a thorough and relevant analysis of state laws impacting community safety and providing an accessible framework for improvement that advocates, stakeholders, and lawmakers can use. 

 

HOW IT WORKS: Every state receives a grade through a Report Card that assesses the state on several key areas of law that impact community safety. The assessment includes an analysis of 6 key legal elements that impact the safety of citizens on various levels and the protections provided by state legislative provisions.  

 

The Challenge grades states on their ability to effectively respond to and prevent various types of community violence and provides every state with a Score Card. Additionally, states are provided a detailed analysis of the 6-element review as well as recommendations for how the state can improve.

These areas are identified in full recognition that other laws and protections are involved with community safety. The framework may be expanded in the future to include these different areas. Some areas of law were left out because other organizations are already comprehensively examining those laws and providing recommendations for improvements. 

METHODOLOGY: The analysis used in the Safe Community Challenge Framework includes best practices and factors identified for determining the protective capacity of state laws in the different areas. It includes additional independent analysis of these laws under the Framework. More details are provided in the Scorecard Analysis Explanation.

STATE REPORT CARDS

SCORECARD EXPLANATION

SCORECARD ANALYSIS EXPLANATION

 

WESTERN REGION:

ALASKA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis

ARIZONA
2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis

CALIFORNIA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis

COLORADO

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

HAWAII

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

IDAHO

2020 Scorecard 

2020 Analysis (pending)

MONTANA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis

NEVADA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

NEW MEXICO

2020 Scorecard 

2020 Analysis (pending)

OREGON

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

UTAH

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

WASHINGTON

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

WYOMING

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

OTHER REGIONS:

ALABAMA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

ARKANSAS

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

CONNECTICUT

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

DELAWARE

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

FLORIDA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

GEORGIA

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

ILLINOIS

2020 Scorecard

2020 Analysis (pending)

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GRADING RANGE

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A+  96-100
A    91-95
A-  85-90
B+ 80-84
B   75-79
B-  70-74
C+ 65-69
C   60-64
C- 55-59
D+ 50-54
D  45-49
D- 40-44
F   39 and under

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