Saturday, January 25, 2014

Across the Hudson: Taking the Stop and Frisk Debate Beyond New York City

In this forthcoming article, Professor David A. Harris contends that the actual effects of stop-and-frisk policies as a whole remain obscure because more data is needed from cities other than New York City to ascertain such effects.  The title of this post comes from the title of the article, the abstract of which states:

This article presents the results of a survey conducted by the author of 56 police departments across the country concerning the practice of data collection on stop and frisk practices of those police departments. These results are discussed against the backdrop of the debate on stop and frisk, examined in this article through a review of the legal basis for the practice and its use by police departments. The article then argues that greater data collection efforts in places other than New York City, where such efforts have been more robust than elsewhere, could broaden and deepen the debate on stop and frisk and better inform the larger debates over the impact of race on criminal justice, particularly with respect to the question of whether stop and frisk necessarily has a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities, as New York City data indicates.

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