Shawn Bushway

RAND Corporation Website

Shawn Bushway is Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Political Economy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 9
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

This is a settled issue. More police equal less crime. There is also research showing proactive policing reduces crime in the short run.

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

Vote Confidence
Disagree 8
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

There is very little research showing that direct investment in these public services will reduce crime. This is not surprising, in part because each of these things is indirect. We first have to improve that outcome (which can be tough) and then that outcome has to reduce crime. As a result, large investments will apriori only have a small predicted effect even if the effect sizes are decent size.

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
No Opinion 6
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

I don't think accountability for police misconduct has much to do with public safety. I think community police relationships are a distinct value from public safety, and deserves to be considered on its own, independent of its impact on public safety.