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Measuring the Use of Force

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Measuring police violence

Developing a quantitative research instrument

Following its November 2007 workshop, the Measuring Police Violence Project developed a quantitative research instrument that includes an operative protocol to measure the use of physical violence by police, from arrest to interrogation. In particular, this instrument gauges the extent of police violence in a specific location, how it changes over time, and how it compares internationally.

Collaborating in workshop on police violence

This workshop on measuring police brutality, which the Measurement and Human Rights Program organized in collaboration with the Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, brought four leading international organizations to the Carr Center: the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), Los Angeles, California, USA; the CLEEN Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria; the Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia (INSYDE), Mexico; and the International Bridges to Justice, Geneva Switzerland.

Planning for future research

This conference was third in a series of workshops the Measurement Program sponsored with the intention of developing a theoretical framework for measuring human rights and advancing that framework from the conceptual level to practical implementation.

Future follow-up activities include testing this methodology in countries such as Nigeria, Mexico, Cambodia, and the United States. The results will serve to persuade human rights civil society organizations that measurement is a valuable and obtainable tool, and to encourage individuals or groups developing measurement strategies in justice systems.

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