Critical Police Studies Bibliography The Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College Alex S. Vitale, Coordinator

This is an open access resource for scholars, researchers, teachers, and activists. It is also a community work in progress. Right now we are only including books, but in the future we hope to expand to articles, reports, and other types of materials. It is also not very historical. Most of the references are less than 10 years old. Feel free to suggest additions as comments in the relevant category and please share with others.
Books are organized under subject headings which are hyperlinked below. Books may appear under multiple headings.

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Evaluation of Prosecutorial Policy Reforms Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession and Sex Work in Baltimore, Maryland

This seems counter intuitive. Drug crimes and prostitution are notorious for high recidivism rates. Now to say that after a drug or prostitution arrest then not to prosecute will lower recidivism? This is questionable. I haven’t read this report yet but my first instinct is that this is hard to believe.


This History of the NYPD is brought to you by PROP which is an anti-policing organization. Keep that viewpoint in mind if you read what that are presenting.

As its title reflects, The Notorious and True History of NY’s Finest focuses on presenting the NYPD’s all too often notorious practices over the course of two centuries dating back to its founding in 1845 and the actions of its historical precursors. These harmful policies most frequently took the form of targeting and victimizing low-income NYers of color. Here’s a list of some disturbing incidents
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Settling institutional uncertainty: Policing Chicago and New York, 1877–1923 – Koehler – Criminology – Wiley Online Library

Currently this is FREE for download! Awesome! This article looks very interesting?

We show how both the Chicago Police Department and the New York Police Department sought to settle uncertainty about their propriety and purpose during a period when abrupt transformations destabilized urban order and called the police mandate into question. By comparing annual reports that the Chicago Police Department and the New York Police Department published from 1877 to 1923, we observe two techniques in how the police enacted that settlement: identification of the problems that the police believed themselves uniquely well equipped to manage and authorization of the powers necessary to do so. Comparison of identification and authorization yields insights into the role that these police departments played in convergent and divergent constructions of disorder and, in turn, into Progressivism’s varying effects in early urban policing.
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