American Policing at a Crossroads
New York University School of Law
Yale University - Law School
Aziz Z. Huq
University of Chicago - Law School
August 23, 2010
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Forthcoming
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 10-55
U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 337
As victimization rates have fallen, public preoccupation with policing and its crime control impact has receded. Terrorism has become the new focal point of concern. But satisfaction with ordinary police practices hides deep problems. The time is therefore ripe for rethinking the assumptions that have guided American police for most of the past two decades. This essay proposes an empirically grounded shift to what we call a procedural justice model of policing. When law enforcement moves toward this approach, it can be more effective, at lower cost and without the negative side effects that currently hamper responses to terrorism and conventional crime. This essay describes the procedural justice model, explains its theoretical and empirical foundations, and discusses its policy implications, both for ordinary policing and for efforts to combat international terrorism.
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Date posted: August 24, 2010 ; Last revised: February 10, 2011
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