Policing, Race, and Place

61 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2008 Last revised: 11 Nov 2015

Date Written: September 24, 2008


Most Americans live in neighborhoods and communities segregated along race lines, and take this segregation for granted. To the extent they view their communities as racially segregated at all, they assume that this segregation is the largely the result of individual choice or socio-economic status, or perhaps a remnant of de jure segregation. The ambition of this Article is to draw attention to a component of segregation that has been largely ignored: the significant role that criminal law and procedure have played, and continue to play, in maintaining racialized spaces.

Keywords: Criminal Law, Law Procedure, Fourth Amendment, Race, Residential Segregation, Social Capital

Suggested Citation

Capers, I. Bennett, Policing, Race, and Place (September 24, 2008). Harvard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review (CR-CL), Vol. 44, 2008, Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1273228

I. Bennett Capers (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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