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Federal Law Enforcement Grants and Crime Rates: No Connection Except for Waste and Abuse

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): David B. Muhlhausen; Erica Little

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Justice (Police and law enforcement)

Keywords: Crime; Police; federalism; law enforcement

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Despite the claims of some mayors and police chiefs that crime will worsen if Congress does not restore funding for local police officer salaries and related expenses that has been reduced in recent years, such funding would have little effect on the nation's rising crime rates and would instead contribute to the overfederalization of the criminal justice system.