READING LIST – DEFUND THE POLICE

Find below articles and books related to policing, put together by the UB School of Law


A. Some Context

B. Defund… Abolition

INVEST-DIVEST

We want investments in Black communities, determined by Black communities, and divestment from exploitative forces including prisons, fossil fuels, police, surveillance and exploitative corporations.

By Movement 4 Black Lives

How Much Do We Need The Police?

One effect of the widespread protests across U.S. cities this week has been to renew discussions of what role the police should play in society.

By Leah Donnella

What’s Wrong with Police Unions?

Despite broad support for unionization on the political left, police unions have become public enemy number one for academics and activists concerned about race and police violence.

By Benjamin Levin

C. Reformist Plans and Ideas

Campaign Zero

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

II. BOOKS/REPORTS:

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (January 2020)

Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, et al, Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment (2018)

Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color(2017)

Danielle Sered, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (2019)

Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (2017)

Implementation Guide for President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, at https://noblenational.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/President-Barack-Obama-Task-Force-on-21st-Century-Policing-Implementation-Guide.pdf