The Impact of Psychological Science on Policing in the United States: Procedural Justice, Legitimacy, and Effective Law Enforcement

In the past several years, incidents between community members and the police have highlighted what many have been feeling for a long time – a lack of a sense of police legitimacy.

In this comprehensive report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Tom R. Tyler from Yale Law School and Yale University, Phillip Atiba Goff from University of California, Los Angeles, and Robert J. MacCoun from Stanford Law School review findings from psychological science highlighting the positive impacts of police legitimacy on police-community relations.


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