Policing in America | The Economics of Policing

Harvard Law School published this video item, entitled “Policing in America | The Economics of Policing” – below is their description.

In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other leading voices to analyze the complex and democratically vital questions raised by the institution of American policing. These conversations are aimed at illuminating the current moment, what brought us here, and the opportunities it presents to us as a legal and national community moving forward.

The U.S. criminal system is a powerful mechanism for the generation and redistribution of wealth, and policing is central to that function. Historically, a broad array of governmental entities have been known to use policing to control the labor pool, to generate revenue, and to redistribute resources away from heavily policed populations. In this February 12 session, the fourth of the series, panelists discussed these and other economic contours of the policing function.


– Abbye Atkinson, University of California, Berkeley School of Law;

– Ed Gonzalez, Sheriff, Harris County, Texas;

– Alexes Harris, University of Washington, Department of Sociology.

All sessions of the Policing in America colloquium series will be recorded, and videos will be available afterwards on this channel for broader public viewing.

Registration for live viewing is open to the Harvard community; sessions take place on select Fridays from 12:00–1:30pm EST.

For more information on the lecture series, visit the Policing in America website https://policinginamerica.law.harvard.edu/

Read “A ‘reckoning’ for policing in America” on Harvard Law Today https://today.law.harvard.edu/a-reckoning-for-policing-in-america/

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