Criminology Colloquium Series: Larry Sherman

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Meeting ID: 928 4117 8465
Password: CRIM 558

The Political Science of Police Reform
All over the world, police are under intense criticism for a range of issues involving use of force, race and the rule of law. Nowhere is this criticism more intense than in the US, which is the focus of this seminar by the founding chair of Penn’s Criminology Department. The seminar will examine the constitutional position of the American non-federal police, locating their control at the state level. It will then consider the difference between a symbolic and an instrumental approach to police reform, with a focus on how to make police reform more successful in achieving three goals: 1) reducing the number of people killed by the American police; 2) reducing the racial disparities in collateral damage of policing to reduce crime, especially disproportionality of police force in relation to crime harm, as distributive injustice, while 3) reducing the caste-maintenance patterns of procedural injustice that creates collateral social and economic damage to minorities of color. A program of action for state Governors and Legislatures concludes the presentation.