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Policing, Legal Estrangement, and Urban Marginality

May 23, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Justice Collaboratory’s Monica Bell for a talk on “Policing, Legal Estrangement, and Urban Marginality” at The Vera Institute of Justice on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. This event will also be live streamed
RSVP’s are required – please register here.
Professor Bell will examine how predominantly African-American samples of parents and youth in three American cities—Washington, DC; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland—understand police presence in their everyday lives. In reexamining this issue, Prof. Bell’s work reveals the deep and often overlooked complexity in the relationships between marginalized communities, the police, urban neighborhoods, and the state that are rarely considered in popular conversations about police reform and transformation. As an analytical framework, this project develops the concept of legal estrangement, which focuses on perceived group inclusivity or exclusivity of law and legal authority. This focus on signaling exclusion operates in contrast to concepts like legal cynicism or legitimacy. The project ultimately proposes that social solidarity should be recognized as a central aim of law and a means of evaluating policy and engaging in legal analysis.
Where: Vera Institute of Justice 233 Broadway, 12th Floor New York, NY
The Justice Collaboratory brings together scholars and researchers of diverse theoretical and methodological orientations at Yale University and elsewhere to work on issues related to institutional reform and policy innovation and advancement. It infuses theory and empirical research in order to achieve its goal of making the components of criminal justice operation simultaneously more effective, just, and democratic


May 23, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm