Sometimes making effective public policy decisions is not complicated. This is a piece I did for the Fels Institute of Government at Penn about a decision made by Police Commissioner John Timoney when he was in Philadelphia that dramatically lowered incidents of auto theft.
The piece links that decision to a recent one made by the state Supreme Court to change when crime victims must appear at preliminary hearings. It's a step likely to lower Philadelphia's 50-percent-plus dismissal rate on criminal cases.
-- Tom Ferrick