Cop in the Hood

We ask how to define “good” policing, as we discuss sociologist Peter Moskos’ Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. What expectations do we put on police officers? How do police departments measure success? What should we measure for success? What does “law and order” mean? Do police receive the right kind of training to deliver the service communities want them to provide? How does Baltimore differ from Los Angeles? We also discuss the epic policy failure of the War on Drugs and the idea of legalization.

Public Health and the Heroin Epidemic: Seattle Considers the Nation’s First Supervised Injection Facility

Prescription drug and heroin abuse continues to be one of the major public health crises facing the United States. Drug overdoses are skyrocketing across the nation, largely due to the over-prescription of opioid pain relievers and the widespread availability of cheap heroin. President Obama has announced a series of actions to escalate the fight against…

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is one of the most important American books in the last decade. Alexander systematically explores the policy changes from the days of Nixon through the present – exploring how each decision has created and allowed a system which criminalizes blackness, brownness, otherness in way that both creates new racial biases and confirms them by incarcerating millions of young black and brown men (and to a lesser extent, black and brown women).