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Federal Intervention in American Police Departments

Federal Intervention in American Police Departments


  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107513563
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  • For much of American history, the federal government has played a limited role in local police regulation. That all changed in 1994, when Congress passed a little known statute that permitted the US Attorney General to reform troubled police departments. Since then, many of the nation's largest police departments - including those in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Albuquerque - have been subject to federal oversight. But until recently, we've known little about how this federal process works. Drawing on original interviews, court documents, statistical data, and media reports, this book provides the first comprehensive account of federal intervention in American police departments. It shows that, under the right circumstances, federal intervention is uniquely effective at combating misconduct in police departments. However, federal intervention is far from perfect. This book concludes by arguing that Congress should expand and improve federal oversight of policing.

    • Provides a detailed, descriptive account of how federal intervention works in American police departments
    • Helps readers understand how the process works and the trends in enforcement over time, and how effective this process is at bringing about sustainable police reform
    • Includes quotes from in-depth interviews conducted with relevant stakeholders involved in federal intervention cases
    • Allows readers to hear from those directly involved in the process
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    12th Sep 2017 by ElenaGonzalez2017

    I can't believe it took until 2016 for this book to be written. I am an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice. I resigned from local law enforcement. Since 2006, I saw that there was indeed a real need for the federal government to intervene in local police departments. This book highlights that the feds need to intervene to curb official misconduct by those who tend to marginalize minorities in communities. I agree and also see a need to have the federal government (FBI) investigate official misconduct among the ranks within the department. I hope Stephen Rushin writes another book to talk about department's internal issues. I love this book. I have adopted it for my Introduction to Criminal Justice course. It is a required reading and is just in time in light of the current state of affairs within local American police departments across the U.S. Thank you, Stephen. I am a fan.

    27th Jan 2018 by Greg21

    A very timely book that will facilitate learning within the law enforcement profession, as well as increasing insight and stimulating dialogue during a difficult time in our country.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107513563
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The problem of police misconduct
    2. The intervention era
    3. Federal intervention in action
    4. Possibilities and limitations
    5. Moving forward: improving oversight of local police.

  • Author

    Stephen Rushin, Loyola University, Chicago
    Stephen Rushin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law. He specializes in police regulation, criminal law, criminal procedure, and privacy law. He holds a JD and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research has appeared in top academic journals such as Cornell Law Review, California Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review. Numerous national media outlets have featured his research and expertise, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio, PBS Frontline, Time Magazine, Al Jazeera America, and BBC America.

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