HEARINGS AND INTERVIEW
Transcripts of legislative hearings at the local level are not easy to obtain. In Philadelphia, I am grateful for the assistance of Michael Decker, who kindly sent me the bulk of transcripts I have from Philadelphia. Similarly, in Pittsburgh, Latisha Taylor helped me understand the complex system of labeling and filing of Pittsburgh city council hearings. In Pittsburgh, it was particularly difficult to isolate hearings about crime and justice. This is because most council hearings that are open to public testimony are general hearings in which a wide range of issues might be addressed. Thus, I waded through dozens of transcripts from the late 1990s to locate only a handful of hearings that were relevant for my project. As a result, my Pittsburgh hearing data is limited to only five hearings, a small fraction compared to the 40 I was able to identify in Philadelphia between 1997 and 2004.
However, the legislative hearings data in both cities is buttressed by extensive interviews. The tables in this appendix provide information on the number of interviews in each city, as well as information on respondents, including political party and race of respondent, and date of interview.
TABLE A3.1. Number of Interviews by City