Orange County is far from a safe and just community for all...
Neighborhood violence is a long-standing problem, concentrated in certain communities. Our county and city governments respond almost exclusively with outdated law enforcement approaches instead of more effective public health approaches. Our law enforcement departments target certain communities with overly punitive and ineffective tactics that result in racist disproportions in stops, arrests, prosecutions, and sentences. Our courts apply our system of laws without regard for evidence as to their effectiveness at improving safety or reducing recidivism. The result is that both crime and state violence drive inequality in Orange County and are negative upstream social determinants of health.