Please select your state
so that we can show you the most relevant content.

Safer communities through proactive policies

Americans for Prosperity is teaming up with partners in 36 states to refocus the conversation around public safety in America.

It is time for our leaders to advance proven solutions like our lives depend on it because they actually do.

We must take violent crime seriously.

Victims deserve justice, and our communities deserve a justice system that ensures we can all realize our American dream. But, in reality, too many victims are left without justice and too often we ask law enforcement to focus on things other than their core mission. There is a better path to more effective public safety policies that prevent and reduce crime while also restoring lost trust between communities and police.

Sign the pledge to legalize marijuana

People are innocent until proven guilty, but did you know that protection doesn’t extend to your property?

Did you know that your car, house or cash can be seized without you even being arrested? Many South Carolinians do now. In just three years, law enforcement confiscated $17 million in cash and property, but 20 percent of those individuals were never charged with a crime. We’re working to end civil asset forfeiture throughout the country.

What we believe

Americans have been given a false choice between “defund the police” and “back the blue” or “soft on crime” or “tough on crime.”

There is a better path that results in more effective policing that will reduce crime and strengthen relations between communities and police, while limiting unnecessary interactions between citizens and the criminal justice system that only make us less safe in the long-term.

First, our leaders must properly fund law enforcement. Research proves (and 85% of Americans agree) that cutting police budgets is not a reasonable real public safety solution. We must provide agencies with the funding necessary to ensure public safety by hiring enough officers and providing them with proper training.

Second, our laws must allow law enforcement to focus on preventing and solving serious crimes. Police spend only a small percentage of their time on violent crimes and are failing to solve nearly 60% of the violent crime reported. Our hard-working law enforcement officers should be provided the bandwidth they need to achieve a passing grade in public safety.

Third, cities must focus on policies that prevent and reduce violent crime. Violent crime is unique, and it requires unique solutions. Cities like Dallas and Cincinnati are showing how to effectively reduce violent crime while other cities and rural areas are facing rising crime rates.

Lastly, states must continue to enact smart on crime policies. Almost every state has advanced such policies over the past two decades and they should not allow the uncertainty of rising violent crime to freeze in place failed policies. Now is the very time that we should be looking for policies that can make our system more effective and just.

Get Involved

Stay connected to what we’re doing and add your name to the list of people looking to create change in your community.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.