Barry Krisberg

Sharp downturn in use of force at Oakland Police Department

Barry Krisberg quoted in San Francisco Chronicle (registration required), Sept. 2, 2015

The falling numbers are a good indication that police-community relations are improving, according to Barry Krisberg, a UC Berkeley criminologist. “Oakland has been pretty quiet compared to the 600 bullets fired in Stockton, or some pretty horrendous lethal-force incidents in San Jose,” he said.

The controversial method that helped turn one of America’s most murderous cities into one of its safest

Barry Krisberg quoted in The Washington Post, June 1, 2015

“The study looked at who was committing the violence, who was doing the shooting and when,” said Barry Krisberg. “And it came down to a small number of people. … Violence tends to be concentrated in certain social areas, and most of the people who engage in criminal violence engage people they know, or are related to, and it spreads from generation to generation.”

Drop in crime offers hope of cost cuts

Franklin Zimring and Barry Krisberg cited in UT San Diego, April 24, 2015

Zimring: Because of prison realignment (to county jails) and other policies in response to federal prison overcrowding orders, California has undertaken “a pretty substantial experiment in decarceration,” he added, and yet crime just keeps falling.

Krisberg says many Republicans—typically leaders of the law-and-order coalition—now often back changes that help reduce costs and incarceration rates, even as some Democrats oppose them because of their closeness to the prison guards and police unions.

New California law Prop 47 could threaten drug rehab program

Barry Krisberg quoted in Orange County Register, February 21, 2015

“Until the savings money from 47 gets translated back into the counties, and that’ll take a couple years, we probably have a period where things are no better than they were,” he said. “The single most important thing we can do is get the dollars into community organizations and groups who are prepared to and can run accredited drug-treatment programs.”