Center Unveils Online Information Resource on Stop-and-Frisk Police Practices

July 18, 2013 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Combining cutting-edge research, provocative videos and thought-provoking articles and reports, the new Web site stopandfriskinfo.org was launched recently by John Jay College’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice (CRCJ).

The site was developed and is being overseen by Professors Delores Jones-Brown of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration and Brett Stoudt of the Department of Psychology. Jones-Brown was the CRCJ’s founding Director and is currently a Faculty Research Fellow with the Center.

Funded by the Tides Foundation as part of its Funds for Fair and Just Policing, the new Web site works closely with Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a consortium of academics, grass roots organizations and advocacy groups. The Marijuana Arrest Research Project at CUNY’s Queens College is also a partner in the CPR consortium. In addition, the site includes links to numerous organizations with kindred interests or agendas, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, the Public Science Project, the Sentencing Project and the Urban Institute. “The site is an essential resource for providing and publicizing factual, scientifically valid information about current stop-and-frisk policing practices,” said Professor Jones-Brown. The site also includes videos, scholarly articles and public policy reports on the legality, effectiveness and impact of stop and frisk-related policing, along with alternatives to current practices. There are international articles and policy reports, as well as a page through which scholars can submit their work for possible inclusion on the site.

Anchoring the Web site is the CRCJ’s newly revised report “Stop, Question and Frisk Policing Practices in New York City: A Primer,” written by Jones-Brown along with Stoudt and CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students Brian Johnston and Kevin Moran.

Professor Jones-Brown was recently quoted in the newspaper The Epoch Times on the subject of two stop-and-frisk reform measures under consideration by the New York City Council. One bill would create an inspector general for the New York City Police Department, a move Professor Jones-Brown says “would allow for another layer of protection to push back against policies deemed not morally right.”

To learn more about the new Web site, visit www.stopandfriskinfo.org.

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