John MacDonald

John MacDonald is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Maryland.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Neutral/No Opinion 10
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

The questions is vague. Increasing budgets could simply imply provide pay raises, pension benefits, or equipment. If increasing budgets meant hiring more police than I would strongly agree with the statement.

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

Vote Confidence
Neutral/No Opinion 10
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

Again this is vague question and it doesn't say what the budget increase will go to. If it is simply putting more money into public housing or education without focused on human resources than the answer is disagree. If the money is being spent on hiring more teachers, aids for students, and other classroom assistance than I would agree that this investment will improve public safety in the longer-term. Similarly, if housing budgets increase to provide more affordable housing or remediation of e

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Strongly Agree 10
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

If fair and transparent efforts are made to reduce police misconduct this will help keep better officers in the police profession and ensure better community trust.

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