We assessed racial disparities in policing in the United States by compiling and analysing a dataset detailing nearly 100 million traffic stops conducted across the country. We found that black drivers were less likely to be stopped after sunset, when a ‘veil of darkness’ masks one’s race, suggesting bias in stop decisions.
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0858-1
A new report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission has found that Black people are more likely than others to be arrested, charged or have force used against them when interacting with Toronto police.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/black-people-human-right-commission-police-1.5680460
While reforms targeted at punishing and removing bad cops, such as elimination of qualified immunity in civil cases and weakening of police union protections, may be overdue, cutting police budgets will reduce the size of police forces and pose a clear public safety risk.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/bolstering-police-forces-reduces-crime
We are now approaching the two-month mark since the riots that erupted across the United States in late May and early June. There is a reasonable argument to be made that these riots were…
— Read on medium.com/@mtracey/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006
Watch FRONTLINE’s documentary offering a rare, inside look at a troubled police department in Newark being forced to reform by the Justice Department.
— Read on www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/policing-the-police/
Kentucky was an early adopter of risk assessments in an effort to release more people without bail. But the algorithms are reproducing systemic inequities.
— Read on theintercept.com/2020/07/12/risk-assessment-tools-bail-reform/
Campbell Collection on Policing: Campbell Systematic Reviews
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1002/1891-1803.policing
This is a new movement that is for the abolition of police and prisons.
If You’re New to Abolition: Study Group Guide
— Read on abolitionjournal.org/studyguide/
The newly published “Police-Based Juvenile Diversion” manual is based on the Safety Net Collaborative, which is a partnership between the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance and the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs that was initially established in 2007. Together, these organizations provide health, mental health and social services to youth and families in Cambridge with the goal of curtailing youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and connecting them to services before issues escalate to potential delinquency
— Read on cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20200619/strongcambridge-publishes-juvenile-diversion-manual-for-municipalitiesstrong