Implementing Pattern or Practice Police Reform: A Comparative Analysis

42 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2013

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Joshua Chanin

San Diego State University - School of Public Affairs

Date Written: January 29, 2013

Abstract

Using data drawn from independent monitor reports and stakeholder interviews, this paper examines the implementation of the DOJ’s pattern or practice police misconduct reform in four jurisdictions: Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, OH; and Prince George’s County, MD. Results of the inquiry show that the affected departments experienced considerable variation in the length of time needed to implement key settlement agreement components. Yet despite these differences, all four departments reached “substantial compliance” with the terms of their settlement. These results are best explained by the interaction of several variables, including strong police leadership, external oversight, adequate resources, and support for the process among community members, civil society, and the jurisdiction’s political class.

Keywords: Pattern or practice, police misconduct, 14141

Suggested Citation

Chanin, Joshua, Implementing Pattern or Practice Police Reform: A Comparative Analysis (January 29, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2208670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2208670

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