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Cop in the Hood

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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.

Featuring Caroline Bhalla, Raphael Bostic, Chris Redfearn, and Erroll Southers

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Links & Related Reading/Watching/Listening

Opioid epidemic
Community Policing
The Wire
Between the World and Me, bookclub podcast
Enforcing Order, bookclub podcast

Next Month …

Read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid along with us.
Since 2007, incoming undergraduate classes across the country have used this as the common incoming book. We will read and think about the issues the novel brings up. Over the course of an evening, at a cafe in Lahore, a Pakistani man discusses the changes in his thinking after 9/11. Find out how his relationship with his adopted city of New York, his relationship with American Erica, with his Pakistani identity in the wake of the tragedy.

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This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.




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