The principle of association
James Bryant Conant University Professor
Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
From policing to public safety
Toward a research agenda that denaturalizes policing
Monica C. Bell
Associate Professor of Law - Yale Law School
Associate Professor of Sociology
"In that writing, I made a critical error that plagues too much social science research. I was so focused on what my respondents said about policing that I did not take a holistic enough view of what they were saying about public safety and the broader processes of legal estrangement and solidarity.
To illustrate what I mean, I want to briefly tell you about my interview with Elmira . . . "
A Hippocratic form of policing: Do no harm
Cornell William Brooks
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice
Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice
Harvard Kennedy School
Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership
Harvard Divinity School
"I want to suggest that we think about a different model of policing, not in terms of policing as a guardian or policing as a warrior . . . [but rather] a physician model, one that focuses on the health and wellbeing of a community—as in community health.
So if we think about policing as healing, looking at not harming communities, it has everything to do with a different way of understanding harm and a different way of policing the community and engaging more participants in the public safety enterprise."
Vesla M. Weaver
Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor
of Political Science and Sociology
Johns Hopkins University
"We need to reorient our system, not just eliminating contact, not just slowing the drag of youth into it. We need to reorient how the state relates to youth.
My idea is simple, but it's not yet in our political imagination. Youthful spaces should not be punitive spaces, but places of civic incorporation.
What if instead of future wards going through processes of civic ostracism and criminalized identity development, we positioned youth as civic anchors, the next generation of leaders, as active democratic citizens with civic significance?"
Sandra Susan Smith
Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Harvard Kennedy School
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study