On March 30, 2023, LDF submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to Section 1 of Exec. Order 14074. The recommendations outline the kinds of data that should be more rigorously collected in order to advance the goal of racial justice in public safety. LDF calls on OSTP to encourage jurisdictions across the country to collect and publish more rigorous data in the following areas: data about emergency calls (e.g., 9-1-1 calls); the number of stops, searches, citations, summonses, arrests, and uses of force; the deployment of police technologies; statistics regarding the policing of protests; and data about prosecutorial and judicial decision-making (e.g., charging decisions, outcomes at bail hearings and sentencing). LDF also encourages non-police institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate in data collection, as public safety and public health have many intersections.

Read the full letter here.


Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s first civil rights law organization. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights.