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American Policing at a Crossroads


Stephen Schulhofer


New York University School of Law

Tom Tyler


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

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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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Schulhofer, Stephen and Tyler, Tom and Huq, Aziz Z., American Policing at a Crossroads (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. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1663819

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Stephen J. Schulhofer (Contact Author)
New York University School of Law ( email )
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New York, NY 10012-1099
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Tom Tyler
Yale University - Law School ( email )
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Aziz Z. Huq
University of Chicago Law School ( email )
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
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