Wednesday, July 24, 2019
In this two-part episode Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Barry Friedman, NYU Law professor and director of NYU’s Policing Project, and John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation explore the intersection of race and policing in the United States. Our guests explore the history of race relations in the U.S., and the resulting impact on law enforcement practices in Part 1: History, Training Programs, and Police as First Responders and Part 2: Predictive Policing, Funding Priorities, and Working Toward a Solution.
Juvenile Law Center’s Co-Founder Marsha Levick and Columbia Law Professor Elizabeth Scott discuss the vulnerability of children when they enter the justice system. Marsha and Elizabeth agree that much has improved since “adult time for adult crime” in the 1990s – today youth are recognized as developmentally different from adults, and with care, may be more easily rehabilitated. However, they argue that there are still improvements to be made, and the problems become obvious when you look at statistics comparing the race of children entering the system.
Death penalty expert and author of End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice Brandon Garrett of Duke Law School talks about the history of the death penalty in the U.S. criminal justice system, revealing details of his data collection on capital punishment. The episode also features ALI’s past President Roberta Cooper Ramo and Retired Judge Christine Durham, who discuss ALI’s removal of the Death Penalty Provision from the Model Penal Code in 2009, perhaps one of the earliest indications of the future of capital punishment.
Renowned experts on American Indian law and policy, Matthew Fletcher of Michigan State University College of Law and Wenona Singel of the Office of the Governor for the State of Michigan, discuss the nuanced and highly complex field of American Indian Law. Matthew and Wenona begin by exploring the history of tribal sovereignty, and discuss the rights of American Indians as both tribal citizens and U.S. citizens.