Director Delores Jones-Brown will be the keynote speaker at the Policing, Race & Legitimacy Symposium at the University of Sheffield - May 24-25, 2016

The University of Sheffield’s School of Law, Law & Diversity Working Group is pleased to announce an exciting research symposium Policing, Race and Legitimacy. This two-day symposium will assemble scholars at all career stages interested in or conducting innovative research on the impacts of unconscious bias, race, and intersectionality on policing and police legitimacy in the United Kingdom, United States and beyond.

Confirmed keynote speaker:  Delores Jones-Brown (John Jay College, City University of New York)


Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System Book Released

The murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his assailant, George Zimmerman, sparked a passionate national debate about race and criminal justice in America that involved everyone from bloggers to mayoral candidates to President Obama himself. With increased attention to these causes, from St. Louis to Los Angeles, intense outrage at New York City’s Stop and Frisk program and escalating anger over the effect of mass incarceration on the nation’s African American community, the Trayvon Martin case brought the racialized nature of the American justice system to the forefront of our national consciousness. Deadly Injustice uses the Martin/Zimmerman case as a springboard to examine race, crime, and justice in our current criminal justice system. 
Contributors explore how race and racism informs how Americans think about criminality, how crimes are investigated and prosecuted, and how the media interprets and reports on crime. At the center of their analysis sit examples of the Zimmerman trial and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, providing current and resonant examples for readers as they work through the bigger-picture problems plaguing the American justice system. This important volume demonstrates how highly publicized criminal cases go on to shape public views about offenders, the criminal process, and justice more generally, perpetuating the same unjust cycle for future generations. A timely, well-argued collection, Deadly Injustice is an illuminating, headline-driven text perfect for students and scholars of criminology and an important contribution to the discussion of race and crime in America.

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Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power

Stop and search is often billed as a vital tool in the fight against crime, yet its use remains controversial. Anger and resentment over the misuse of this tactic were widely implicated among the causes of serious public disorder in 1981 and again in 2011, fuelling an ongoing cycle of crisis and reform that has engulfed British policing. This edited collection provides a detailed assessment of stop and search by leading experts in the field. It considers the legal basis of stop and search, the purpose and function of these powers, their effectiveness in tackling crime and their impact on trust and confidence in the police.
Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power directly addresses some of the most controversial aspects of stop and search, including its disproportionate use on people from black and minority ethnic groups, its role in counter-terrorism policing and ongoing attempts at regulation and reform. While the main focus is on England and Wales, the collection shows that the challenges posed by stop and search are fundamental to the policing of diverse, democratic societies across the globe.
Includes a foreword by Robert Reiner, Emeritus Professor of Criminology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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