American Civil Liberties Union
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project
The ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society.
APD Forward is a community coalition led by concerned Albuquerque, New Mexico, citizens who want to see the Albuquerque Police Department become the responsible, community-friendly police department. We are a powerful advocacy, outreach, and education platform for Albuquerque communities to press for the sensible reforms that we need to restore trust in the police department.
Campaign ZERO was developed with contributions from activists, protesters, and researchers across the nation. This data-informed platform presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Special Litigation Section
The Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division works to protect the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments. This page contains documents and reports from active investigations and consent decrees in all 50 states.
New Orleans Police Department Consent Decree
On July 24, 2012, the city of New Orleans, the New Orleans Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a consent decree. The consent decree contains a broad array of separate tasks and goals detailed in more than 490 paragraphs and 110 pages; it reflects a shared commitment to effective, constitutional, and professional law enforcement.
Police Assessment Resource Center
PARC provides independent, evidence-based counsel on effective, respectful, and publicly accountable policing. PARC works with law enforcement agencies, local governments, and community organizations.
Police Executive Research Forum
Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit organization, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.
Seattle Police Monitor
Merrick J. Bobb is the independent monitor appointed by the Honorable James Robart to oversee implementation of the consent decree between the Department of Justice and city of Seattle addressing the Seattle Police Department. He was appointed monitor in 2012.
Merrick is the executive director of the Police Assessment Resource Center. Since 2001, PARC has provided independent, evidence-based counsel and research on effective, respectful, and publicly accountable policing to law enforcement agencies, government entities, and community groups.