Safe communities provide the foundations for healthy communities and the environment for education and economic opportunities. We recognize that safety requires broader solutions than carceral responses. There can be no safe communities without just, robust neighborhoods with opportunities to thrive and serve our communities. USC works to address community safety & justice by:
Advocating for reallocation of public resources and refocus of public systems on creating vibrant communities (“justice reinvestment”).
Focusing on violence interruption and prevention, alternative emergency response, strengthening communities with resources and supports, and criminal justice reform.
Developing innovative strategies for “re-imagining” policing in communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration and law enforcement abuse of power.