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The murder of George Floyd has sparked an unprecedented wave of reaction in our nation’s streets, households, boardrooms, and governments. With the lessons of Rodney King and Ferguson in mind, the United States is confronting its legacy of racial injustice and wrestling with the role of law enforcement in our society. Political leaders, law enforcement agencies, researchers, advocates, and those with lived experience are all answering the call to redefine the relationship between communities and police – and determine how the nation will move forward to ensure safety and justice for all. 

The Council’s leadership and members have been at the forefront of these discussions, contributing expertise and insight through media and webinars, producing analyses of research that holds promise for the field, and convening discussions that reflect the broad diversity of perspectives on reform. 


PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF THE POLICE 

Police reform has taken center stage in the presidential campaign and across the nation. But what do Americans actually think about the police? On October 7, the Council hosted a discussion featuring two public opinion experts, John Gramlich of the Pew Research Center and Gallup’s Steve Crabtree, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, author of a book about police violence and racial justice.

Read the key takeaways or watch the event. 

 


STATEMENTS FROM COUNCIL LEADERS 

With the push for police reform intensifying, CCJ leaders are sharing their ideas about the importance of this moment and how law enforcement agencies can collaborate with policymakers and communities to ensure safer outcomes for all citizens.  

Read the statements

 


WASHINGTON POST PARTNERSHIP: RACE IN AMERICA 

During an event on June 10, 2020 co-hosted by CCJ and the Washington Post, DeRay Mckesson, co-founder of Campaign Zero, and Charles Ramsey, former police chief in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, discussed the meaning of defunding the police, the importance of addressing union contracts, and the role of law enforcement in modern society.

Watch the recap and read the key takeaways.  

  


ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE

With nationwide calls for police reform, Council trustee and economist Jennifer Doleac takes an in-depth look at relevant research, including a promising police recruitment tool used in Chattanooga, TN, and a procedural justice training program for officers in Chicago. 

Read the latest post.

 


CCJ LEADERS IN THE NEWS

Council members are among the nation’s top experts, innovators, and influencers in the criminal justice field – and a frequent resource for journalists and the media.  

Read what our leaders are saying.