Bonus- Cop in the Hood (part 2)

In part 2 of our discussion of Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos, we discuss the notion of discretion in the legal system – by police all the way to prosecutors & parole/probation boards. We think about discrimination in enforcement made possible by discretion. We think about conflicts of interest in investigations of police misconduct – especially in relation to the war on drugs. How should we move forward?

Book Review: Down, Out & Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

Los Angeles Review of Books published a review by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about a new book on policing on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. “Forrest thus ends his brilliant and sobering ethnography on a hopeful note: through their pitched political battles with the powers-that-be, Skid Row residents are reclaiming their personal dignity,…

“There goes the neighborhood” short documentary

USC student, Angelique Molina, interviewed Jody Armour, USC law professor, for her short documentary film which puts a light on a family living in View Park, California, as they experience the demographic changes occurring in their community.  “There goes the neighborhood” is featured in the Pan American Film Festival happening February 9 through 20, 2017, at Baldwin…

“The Bitter Game” explores the black experience in America

Jody Armour of the USC Gould School participated in a panel discussion following the performance of the one-man play, “The Bitter Game,” which explores the black experience in America, at the Skirball Cultural Center, held January 27-28, 2017. More information about the play and the writer (Keith A. Wallace) here.

Jody Armour on What Matters

Jody Armour participated in What Matters to Me and Why held at Ground Zero, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims about the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law.  A widely published scholar and popular lecturer, he is a Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open…

Jody Armour comments on legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Press-Enterprise article interviewed several Inland Empire African-American high school students and included comments from Jody Armour. The civil rights movement made a difference, however, there are ongoing issues and issues are changing. “At the same time that we have been reveling in very progressive, rosy rhetoric, the mass incarceration crisis has emerged — the advent of the…

Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing

In an article about U.S. Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, ATTN: cited comments by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the recognition of institutional racism in law enforcement. University of Southern California law professor Jody Armour told ATTN: in August that some people may not want to admit that institutional racism exists or come to terms…