1st Edition

Justice and Legitimacy in Policing Transforming the Institution

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Justice and Legitimacy in Policing critically analyzes the state of American policing and evaluates proposed solutions to reform/transform the institution, such as implementing body-worn cameras, increasing diversity in police agencies, the problem of crimmigration, limiting qualified immunity, and the abolitionist movement.

    Considering the changes that have occurred in our sociopolitical climate, policymakers, scholars, and the public are in need of a book that focuses on the American policing institution in a comprehensive yet critical manner. Each chapter is devoted to a specific area of policing that has either received criticism for the problems it may create or has been proposed to effect reform. The chapters are sequenced such that readers are introduced to a spectrum of topics to expand the discourse on changes needed to achieve equitable policing. The book also encourages readers to consider the idea that achieving justice and legitimacy in policing cannot happen as the institution is now formulated, and it invites readers to use the topics discussed in each chapter to envision transformative propositions.

    Justice and Legitimacy in Policing is intended to engage policymakers and practitioners as well as interested members of the public. The scope of this book also makes it a valuable resource for academics and students.

    Editor Introduction

    Chapter 1 - The Reform Story: Shifting Narratives from Mistrust to Collaboration, Defensiveness to Service

    Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill, Kate C. McLean, and Michael J. Jenkins

    Chapter 2 - Organizational Reforms for Improving Police Functions and Operations

    Jacinta M. Gau and Jonathan R. Parham

    Chapter 3 - Policing Reform and the Impact of Racial Representation

    Brittany Houston, Andrea M. Headley, and James E. Wright

    Chapter 4 - Video Data Analysis of Body-Worn Camera Footage: A Practical Methodology in Support of Police Reform

    Eric L. Piza and Victoria A. Sytsma

    Chapter 5 - Institutionalizing Community Oversight of the Police: Copwatch

    Robert J. Durán and Charlene Shroulote-Durán

    Chapter 6 - Black Feminist Perspectives on Policing and the "White Gaze"

    Andrea S. Boyles, LaToya Tufts, Jessica Judson, and Allison E. Monterrosa

    Chapter 7 - Crimmigration and Pol-I.C.E. Reform

    Akiv Dawson and Marie C. Jipguep-Akhtar

    Chapter 8 - End Immunity, No Qualifiers

    Kelsey L. Kramer and Miltonette Olivia Craig

    Chapter 9 - Are the Police Really Necessary? Questions about Police Abolition

    Ashley K. Farmer

    Chapter 10 - Resurrecting Brown Bodies to Advance the Theory and Praxis of Police Abolition in the United States

    Amy Andrea Martinez and Humberto Flores

    Chapter 11 - Settler Colonial Governance and the Impossibility of a "Good Cop"

    Albert de la Tierra


    Miltonette Olivia Craig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. She completed her Ph.D. at Florida State University and J.D. at Georgia State University. Her primary research focus is on racial disparities in policing outcomes such as traffic stops, citizen complaints, and protest responses. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice, Race and Justice, and Policing: An International Journal.

    Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He completed his Ph.D. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and J.D. at Emory University. His research interests include social and racial identity, police trust and legitimacy, and perceptions of justice. His work has appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Critical Criminology, Race and Justice, and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

    "This volume provides a serious commentary on the state of law enforcement. It is a deep down in the trenches attempt at unearthing viable conclusions and solutions for the future of law enforcement. The contributors wrestle with topics such as abolition, qualified immunity, law, racialized policing, and organizational structures. It is a tremendous contribution to the critical body of literature regarding policing and reform."

    - Jason M. Williams, Montclair State University