Criminal Justice Forum: How Policing Reinforces Racial Segregation in the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Featured Guest:  Prof. Monica Bell, Yale University

Monica Bell is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Her areas of expertise include criminal justice, welfare law, housing, race and the law, qualitative research methods, and law and sociology.

How Policing Reinforces Racial Segregation in the 21st Century

Technocratic debates about police reform typically take a narrow view of the multiple, complex roles that policing plays in American society, focusing primarily on police involvement in systems of crime control. Yet, we know that policing plays many roles in society other than fighting crime. This project focuses on how routine practices of policing maintain racial residential segregation, one of the central mechanisms of American racial inequality. It illustrates six ways that American policing perpetuates residential segregation, drawing from qualitative research in several American cities. Finally, the project engages a fundamental question that emerges in the context of racial justice movements today: Is an anti-segregation approach to policing possible in a society that is structured through race?

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CLE credit: 1.0 credit hours

Category: CLE Programs, General, Public Lectures

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