Birmingham, Alabama, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation.
Birmingham, Alabama, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation. The city was selected as a pilot site for its demonstrated willingness and capacity to engage in the National Initiative’s research, intervention, and evaluation process, as well as its jurisdiction size, ethnic and religious composition, and population density.
This status report describes Birmingham's progress at the midpoint of the project’s second year.
A first site visit in June 2015 brought together interested residents and community groups of Birmingham to participate in a community convening to discuss the National Initiative project. At this convening, the National Initiative introduced the goals and strategies of the project and explained how community members can participate directly.
The National Initiative team also met with city leaders, representatives from the police department, and prosecutors to discuss the role of criminal justice practitioners in this historic initiative.
Below are some items that the National Initiative and Birmingham have produced so far.
The National Initiative visited Birmingham in December, 2015 to review elements of the implementation plan and continue strategic planning for moving forward with Stockton's process.
The National Initiative's first site visit to Birmingham came in June 2015 when partners met to begin laying the foundation for the work that will take place over the next three years. The schedule included broader agenda setting with representatives from various groups and organizations as well as breakout meetings for smaller groups to discuss the strategy going forward.
The City of Birmingham, Alabama, is a municipal corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in the state with a population currently estimated at 242,820, and a metro population of 1,079,089.
Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the cross-section of two major railroads, the city was once the primary industrial center of the southern United States. At the height of the nation’s manufacturing age, the city grew so fast in population, it was called the “Magic City.” Today, Birmingham has transformed itself into a medical research, banking and service-based economy, making it one of the nation’s most livable cities with a vibrant downtown, a burgeoning loft community, a world-class culinary scene and more green space per capita than any other city in the nation.
The Birmingham Times - November 2016
Birmingham’s Playbook for Community Policing
WVTM - July 2016
Birmingham mayor, police chief speak on community-police relations
WBHM 90.3 FM - March 2016
A Day in the Life of a Birmingham Walking Beat Cop
WBHM-Birmingham - March 2016
Crime in Greater Birmingham: Targeting the Violence
WBRC Fox 6 - March 2016
Birmingham police chief shares success stories from crime reduction program
Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration - January 2016
Over 70 Top Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Urge Congress to Pass Criminal Justice Reform
WVTM13 - June 2015
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks in Birmingham
Miami Herald - March 2015
Justice Dept. uses grants to encourage good community-police relations
PBS News Hour - March 2015
Federal pilot project seeks to stem racial bias in law enforcement
St. Louis Public Radio - January 2015
Justice Department Launches Effort To Establish Trust Between Police, Communities
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