Crack Pipes and Policing: A Case Study of Institutional Racism and Remedial Action in Cleveland

36 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011  

Mona Lynch

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Date Written: March 8, 2011

Abstract

This article uses a case study of selective drug law enforcement in Cleveland, Ohio, to explore the contours of institutional racism in criminal justice policy and practice. Using the multilevel theoretical framework developed by Ian Haney Lpez (2000) that highlights the processes underlying how institutional racism is manifested, I analyze how and why racially discriminatory arrest and charging practices were able to persist in this case as well as how they were eventually reformed. In doing so, I explore the role of institutional empathy (and its withholding) in institutional racism and illustrate how the exploitation of empathy can be used strategically to effect policy change.

Suggested Citation

Lynch, Mona, Crack Pipes and Policing: A Case Study of Institutional Racism and Remedial Action in Cleveland (March 8, 2011). Law & Policy, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 179-214, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1782431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2010.00334.x

Mona Lynch (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society ( email )

2340 Social Ecology 2, RM
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

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