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- Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel, Constitution Project
- Nancy La Vigne, director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
- Jonathan Lewin, managing deputy director, City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications
- Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor, Baltimore
- Mike Semel, deputy local editor, news and investigations, Washington Post (moderator)
Cities are increasingly turning to surveillance cameras to reduce crime, but do they stop wrongdoing in its tracks or simply push it into other neighborhoods? If the cameras perform as intended, what are their costs to police budgets and citizen rights?
To fill the knowledge gap, the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center studied surveillance systems in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The results of that three-year study -- “Evaluating the Use of Public Surveillance Cameras for Crime Control and Prevention” -- will be detailed, discussed, and debated at this special Urban Institute forum.
In theory, surveillance cameras deter potential offenders, alert police to dangerous situations, generate evidence to help identify suspects and witnesses, and make people feel safer. Join us to find out how well theory works in real life.
At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at noon.