Policing in America | The Problem & the Moment: Diagnosing the American Penal System

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In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other leading voices to analyze the complex and democratically vital questions raised by the institution of American policing. These conversations are aimed at illuminating the current moment, what brought us here, and the opportunities it presents to us as a legal and national community moving forward.

In this first session of the series, a panel of experts analyzes the broad contours of the penal system and how to understand the persistently racial character of its policing. It also examines the spring of 2020 and considers why and how the death of George Floyd catalyzed the most widespread protests for racial justice in policing in a generation.

Panelists included
– Cori Bush, Democratic candidate for congress;
– Rachel Harmon, professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and director of its Center for Criminal Justice;
– Priscilla Ocen, professor at Loyola Law School; and
– Rachel Rollins, Suffolk County district attorney.

All sessions of the Policing in America colloquium series will be recorded and videos will be available afterwards on this channel for broader public viewing. Registration for live viewing is open to the Harvard community; sessions take place on select Fridays from 12:00–1:30pm EST

For more information on the lecture series, visit the Policing in America website https://policinginamerica.law.harvard.edu/about/

Read “A ‘reckoning’ for policing in America” on Harvard Law Today https://today.law.harvard.edu/a-reckoning-for-policing-in-america/

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