Professor Nagin on Repairing the Fractured Foundations of the Police
Acclaimed criminologist and Heinz College professor Daniel Nagin co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post—with colleagues Cynthia Lum from George Mason University and Tarrick McGuire of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing—on the broken foundations of American policing, and what's needed to accomplish meaningful and permanent systemic reform.
Protests have erupted nationwide following the murder of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. The issue of police brutality and its disproportionate impacts on Black populations in the United States has been driving our national conversation, with calls for action ranging from policing reforms to the dismantling of police departments.
Heinz College professor Daniel Nagin co-authored an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he and his colleagues make the case for foundational changes that would strengthen accountability infrastructure, reward actions that build community trust, overhaul outdated laws and procedures that protect abusive officers, and reimagine officer training.
If you're interested in Professor Nagin's other recent work on policing in the United States:
- Read this recent Washington Post op-ed, co-authored with Arlington, Texas Deputy Chief Tarrick McGuire, titled "Constructing civility and trust between police and citizens."
- Read this 2016 op-ed, also in the Washington Post, titled "How to reinvent American policing."
- Read Nagin's 2017 paper with Cynthia Lum, entitled "Reinventing American Policing," published in the journal Crime and Justice.