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Police Oversight

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police oversight and accountability

These resources explore moral and ethical challenges related to criminal justice in general, and policing in particular. We pay special attention to how God’s creation order and God’s vision for relationships between human beings impacts the field of criminal justice.

Messages and Essays on Police Oversight and Accountability

Sangwon Yang and Mako Nagasawa, The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 1 (blog, Dec 3, 2018) explores incidents of police abusing power or covering up criminal acts.

Sangwon Yang and Mako Nagasawa, The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 2 (blog, Jan 7, 2019) explores how the “War on Drugs” contributed to the racially biased mass incarceration problem.

Sangwon Yang and Mako Nagasawa, The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 3 (blog, Jan 22, 2019) explores the violent crime rate from the 1950’s - 1990’s, how the black community was unfairly perceived, and why restorative justice could have led to different public and community outcomes.

Books and Articles on Citizen Oversight of Police

Wikipedia, Boston Police Department (Wikipedia article) Commissioner is a civilian, appointed by the Mayor

Joel Miller, Civilian Oversight of Policing: Lessons from the Literature (Vera Institute of Justice, May 5, 2002) helpful international comparisons

Gary L. Wright and Fred Clasen-Kelly, CMPD Panel Rules Against Citizens - Every Time (Charlotte Observer, Feb 16, 2013)

Fred Clasen-Kelly, Stiff Sanctions Rare for CMPD Police Officers After Shootings (Charlotte Observer, Jul 17, 2015)

Matt Sedensky and Nomaan Merchant, Hundreds of Cops Kicked Off Force For Committing Sex Crimes (Huffington Post, Nov 1, 2015)

David Debolt, Oakland: Residents Offer Support for Independent Police Commission (San Jose Mercury News, Jul 19, 2016)

John Oliver, Police Accountability (Last Week Tonight, Oct 2, 2016) 

Christian restorative justice and criminal justice: Topics

Christian restorative justice critique of the right: domestic policy topics

Christian restorative justice critique of the right: philosophical influences