David Weisburd

George Mason University Website

David Weisburd is Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, and Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. Professor Weisburd won the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Neutral/No Opinion 8
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

Just increasing police budgets will not improve public safety. What matters is how that money is used.

Increasing social service budgets (e.g. housing, health, education) will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Neutral/No Opinion 8
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

Just increasing social service will not increase public safety. This depends on how the monies are invested. Moreover, there is not a clear definition of public safety here. Is public safety only about crime and disorder? It should clearly be about something broader.

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 8
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

Again, I think you have to define public safety broadly. The police using unnecessary violence, or injuring community solidarity reduces public safety. At the same time, I think there is evidence that when people trust the police they will cooperate more with the police. This will improve public safety as well.

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