Title: Controversial Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice: NYPD's Stop and Frisk
Publication Date: 10/12/10

Presented by the NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR). In 2009, the NYPD stopped people in New York City more than 575,000 times. The NYPD asserts that its stop and frisk practices gather useful information for solving crimes and getting guns off the street. At the same time, nearly nine out of 10 people stopped were black or Latino. Only 12 percent of people stopped were arrested or received a summons, and police found guns in less than one percent of all stops. In navigating the tension between safety and police-community relations, SCJR looks to researchers, reform advocates, and law enforcement practitioners to discuss questions such as: Why do proponents of stop and frisk support the policy and practice? Why do opponents of stop and frisk challenge the practice? What does the research show about the costs and benefits of this? What is the impact on communities affected by the practice? What are alternatives to the current policy and practice? Panelists: David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, Fortune Society Garry McCarthy, Police Director, City of Newark Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights Dennis Smith, Associate Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Author: NYU Wagner Office of International Programs
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