100 Blocks Plan Should Have Been The 1,300 Blocks Plan

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s so-called 100 Blocks crime plan deserved skepticism from the start. The idea that redeploying Oakland police to focus on one hundred of the most violent blocks in the city to in order to reduce crime overall may have sounded appealing to the mayor, but it was never backed up by solid research. In fact, neither the mayor nor OPD has been able to point to another city that has implemented such a plan successfully. Moreover, this week the Urban Strategies Council, a longtime nonprofit that has focused for years on crime and its root problems in Oakland, found even more flaws in the 100 Blocks plan.

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