Alex Vitale, the author of “The End of Policing” advised the Sanders campaign on its criminal justice plan.
Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the author of The End of Policing, advised the Sanders campaign on its criminal justice plan and said the document sets a “gold standard for looking comprehensively at our messed up criminal justice system.”
“The most important thing for me is the framing language that says that we’re over-relying on the criminal justice system to solve social problems,” Vitale says. “We need to shift our emphasis from trying to engage in procedural reforms of policing and move to reduce the role of the police.”
Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.
This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice— even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.
In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to a decrease in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.
I could be taking this way out of proportion but why are more news outlets not covering this? A guy who basically blames cops for what criminals do should be nowhere near our criminal justice system.
How do we cut crime? Make everything legal! How do we save money? Let out, criminals!
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