Robert Apel

Rutgers University Website

Robert Apel is Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 4
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

I buy the evidence that more spending *can* improve public safety. But so can reorienting existing police resources in a way that uses them more efficiently and along the lines suggested in the consensus report of the Committee on Proactive Policing.

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

Vote Confidence
Agree 7
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

There is good reason to believe that social services which target low-income individuals (e.g., public assistance) have positive spillovers for public safety, although evidence for other services (e.g., housing vouchers) is mixed. Where there is the most bang for the buck is very unclear.

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Neutral/No Opinion 1
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

I don't think there is any solid evidence one way or the other. Although if greater accountability leads law enforcement agencies to respond like children and withdraw services from communities which need them, one could argue it could worsen public safety.

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