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Policing in America Lecture Series Session #1: The Problem and the Moment: Diagnosing the American Penal System

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Policing in America is a lecture series co hosted by Professors Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff.

The U.S. criminal system has become internationally infamous for mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on poor people of color. Police violence against African Americans is one of the most dramatic examples of this systemic failure. Black people are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than are white people; unarmed black people are five times more likely to be killed. A black man has a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police during his lifetime. This panel will analyze the broad contours of the penal system and how to understand the persistently racial character of its policing. It will also examine the spring of 2020 and consider why and how the death of George Floyd catalyzed the most widespread protests for racial justice in policing in a generation.

Open to the Harvard community. Harvard email required. Register:


September 18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Jenna Cowie