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Police Accountability

The Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity (CPLE) is a research consortium that promotes police transparency and accountability by facilitating innovative research collaborations between law enforcement agencies and world-class social scientists. Through these facilitated collaborations, the Consortium seeks to improve issues of equity–particularly racial and gender equity–in policing both within law enforcement agencies and between agencies and the communities they serve. The Consortium aims to effect cultural transformations within both law enforcement and the academy by creating opportunities that simultaneously preserve the dignity of law enforcement and advance the application of social science to the real world.

New York Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force Releases Report:

The report examines the implications arising from police-on-police shootings and confrontations, particularly between on-duty and off-duty officers and between officers of different races, nationalities and ethnicities, and recommends ways to prevent such incidents in the future. The report recommends that departments, state government, and the US Department of Justice each take specific steps to:

- improve police training and tactics to defuse police-on-police confrontations before they turn fatal;

- improve the investigation of police-on-police shootings; and

- provide procedures that can improve the treatment of the officers and families involved.


American Civil Liberties Union – Police Practices

New York Civil Liberties Union – Police Accountability and Criminal Justice Reform

-Police Misconduct

-NYPD Stop and Frisk Practices

The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), a project of the National Lawyers Guild, is a non-profit organization of plaintiff's lawyers, law students and legal workers. NPAP is dedicated to ending police abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education, and support for grassroots and victims' organizations combating police misconduct.

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States. NACOLE welcomes people and organizations committed to fair and professional law enforcement that is responsive to community needs.

New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board


Revisiting ‘Who is Guarding the Guardians?’

By the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Internal and External Oversight in the U.S.
PARC Issues Paper By Bob Merrick

Citizen Review of Police: Approaches and Implementation
By Peter Finn, National Institute of Justice

Investigating Civilian Complaints is Different: The Special Challenges of Investigating Citizen Complaints Against Police Officers
By Jayson Wechter

Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual
By the American Civil Liberties Union

Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States

By Human Rights Watch

Broken U.S. Police Culture and Lack of Police Temperament Explain the Infamous Gates/Crowley Encounter

By Dr. Christopher C. Cooper




Summary of the New York City Bar Association forum titled "The New York Police Department's Stop and Frisk Policies: Are they Effective? Fair? Appropriate?" (March 9,2010)

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New and Upcoming Scholarship on Race, Crime and Justice

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Immigration Policy and Practice
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Student Education for Advocacy

Race, Crime and Justice: A Fresh Look at Old Questions
(2008 Orison S. Marden Lecture delivered to The New York City Bar Association by President Jeremy Travis)

The Role of Critical Race Theory in Understanding Race, Crime, and Justice Issues
(Inaugural Colloquium delivered by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law)

And Justice for All? Assessing the Changing Climate for Criminal Justice Reform
2008 Annual Colloquium by Advisory Board Member Marc Mauer, Director,
The Sentencing Project

Congratulations to our 2009 Power of One Racial Justice Awards Recipients:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Leonardo Blair, freelance journalist, formerly of the New York Post

Click Here to go to our Announcements page to read more about the Awards and recipients

Click Here to see photos from the Awards Luncheon