It has become somewhat axiomatic to refer to the police as the ‘gatekeepers’ of the criminal justice system and thus as a mechanism for the provision of justice. And yet, when we conceptualize the police in this way, what is often taken for granted is the exact nature of that role and its larger social meaning. Indeed, we know that police deliver justice more efficiently to some and injustice to others. Rethinking Policing and Justice critically examines the role of policing (both state and non-state forms) in the provision of justice (and injustice). In essence, it presents work that highlights how different communities and groups have sought alternatives to policing, sometimes taking over the functions of policing. It also shows a variety of theoretical, methodology, and other approaches for the critical evaluation of law enforcement, highlighing different insights into alternative modes of policing, as we seek to understand and redraft the relationship between policing and justice.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Justice Review.
Introduction: alternatives to policing Laura Huey and Luis A. Fernandez 1. Responding to officers’ gendered experiences through community policing and improving police accountability to citizens Marilyn Corsianos 2. Policing ‘below the state’ in Germany: neocommunitarian soberness and punitive paternalism Volker Eick 3. The space between the steps: reckoning in an era of reconciliation Michelle Stewart 4. The Shanti Sena ‘peace center’ and the non-policing of an anarchist temporary autonomous zone: Rainbow Family peacekeeping strategies Michael I. Niman 5. Civilian oversight as a public good: democratic policing, civilian oversight, and the social Danielle Hryniewicz 6. "Where Abolition Meets Action: women organizing against gender violence Vikki Law 7. Corking as community policing Jeff Ferrell