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The Los Angeles Police Department is completing one of the most ambitious experiments in police reform ever attempted in an American city. After a decade of policing crises that began with the beating of Rodney King in 1991 and culminated in the Rampart police corruption scandal in 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in May 2000 that it had accumulated enough evidence to sue the City of Los Angeles over a pattern-and-practice of police misconduct. Later that year, the city government entered a "consent decree" promising to adopt scores of reform measures under the supervision of the Federal Court.
Since 1981, some 26 police officers across the United States have been shot and killed by fellow police officers who have mistaken them for dangerous criminals. These fatal shootings are doubly tragic, first because both the shooters and victims in such situations are risking their lives to enforce the law and protect the public, and second because many of these deaths are preventable. The dangers that give rise to these deaths are inherent in policing, but those dangers can be reduced and more deaths prevented.
Prior to the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010, the nation’s judicial system was struggling to put a credible justice system in place, and there were some signs of increased police accountability, improved training for judges and reductions in deadly violence in its overcrowded prisons.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book, Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effecitve Prevention, co-authored by PCJ Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Anthony Braga. Learn more For those of you interested in further reading on this topic, Braga and Weisburd also edited a special issue of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology on "Empirical Evidence on the Relevance of Place in Criminology".
Photo courtesy of Natalie Black MPP 2011
From HKS Article: HKS Class sends students to Haiti, Sierra Leone
See Research & Publications or any of the following sections to locate reports, working papers, externally published articles, as well as internal news about research conducted in the following practice areas:
Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police New Perspectives in Policing
Executive Sessions (Community Corrections, Policing, State Courts, Human Rights/Criminal Justice)
Toward a Profession of Police Leadership New Perspectives in Policing
Race and Policing: An Agenda for Action New Perspectives in Policing
The Police and Public Discourse on “Black-on-Black” Violence New Perspectives in Policing
From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals New Perspectives in Policing
Rightful Policing New Perspectives in Policing
Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing (special report)
Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons from Boston New Perspectives in Policing
The Politics of Restraint Perspectives on State Court Leadership
Surveys of the Population and Voices of the Poor Annual Indicators Conference / Justice Systems Workshop
Sustainable Court Governance: The Critical Role of Strategic Management Perspectives on State Court Leadership
Governance: The Final Frontier Perspectives on State Court Leadership
Maintaining Institutional Independence: Funding Sustainable State Courts During Economic Crisis Perspectives on State Court Leadership
The Corner and the Crew: The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence by Braga, Hureau, Papachristos