Stockton Police Department—and the hard work it continues to do on behalf of the National Initiative—is profiled by The New York Times for its efforts to increase procedural justice, address implicit biases, and promote racial reconciliation, particularly in the wake of the tragic events of the past month.
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On July 27, 2016, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice will present “The Importance of Enhancing Procedural Justice in Interactions with Juveniles.” When actors in the criminal justice system (police, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, etc.) behave in a procedurally just manner, individuals who interact with the system are more likely to view it as legitimate. And individuals who view the system as legitimate are more likely to obey the law, cooperate with authorities and engage positively in their communities.
This webinar will describe recent research demonstrating the particular salience of procedural justice to juveniles, a group that has frequent contact with the criminal justice system and whose orientation toward the law is still being established. Presenters will discuss how criminal justice actors can use the insights of this research to improve their legitimacy in the eyes of young people in their communities.
We invite you to register and learn more about this free webinar.
We would like to take this moment to offer a word of support to all of our law enforcement and community partners.
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Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, President of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), discusses the harm experienced by both law enforcement and vulnerable communities in the wake of a series of tragedies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The National Initiative is currently seeking a permanent Project Director to oversee strategic implementation in six pilot cities around the United States. A more detailed job description and application information can be found by clicking the link above.
Stockton Chief of Police Eric Jones published his thoughts on what he calls "principled policing" and how the Stockton Police Department is using that concept to build trust with its community and enhance public safety.
A Strategy to Build Police-Citizen Trust - New York Times
Implicit bias describes the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.
Procedural justice focuses on the way police and other legal authorities interact with the public, and how the characteristics of those interactions shape the public’s views of the police, their willingness to obey the law, and actual crime rates.
Reconciliation is a method of facilitating frank engagements between minority communities, police and other authorities that allow them to address historical tensions, grievances, and misconceptions, and reset relationships.
For more information about technical assistance through the National Initiative, please submit requests to the Office of Justice (OJP) Programs Diagnostic Center. The OJP Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to help state, city, county and tribal policymakers and community leaders use data to make decisions about criminal justice programming. The Diagnostic Center invests in what works by bridging the gap between data and criminal justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center engagements are intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about criminal justice and public safety.