The Wilson Center evaluates a range of police practices, including policies concerning arrests and use of force, and drafts model policies and recommendations. We also maintain a national database of legislation concerning police practices to draw lessons from recent legislative trends. Further, we examine police hiring and employment data in a range of states to inform research and police policy.
Policing Legislation Database
To better understand lawmaking in response to calls for reform, the Center has created an interactive database of legislation related to policing across the country since 2019. This database, which has been updated continually, includes almost 3,000 bills, federal, state, and local, across the range of topics related to law enforcement.
- The Laws That Regulate Police: The Wilson Center's Policing Legislation Database (2023)
- Changing the Law to Change Policing: First Steps
- “It’s a Constant Juggling Act”: Toward Coherent Priorities for U.S. Policing By: Meret S. Hofer in Justice Quarterly (2021)