Why Better Information Is Key to Policing Reform

-THE ATLANTIC, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON & PROF. GEOFFREY ALPERT AS CO-AUTHORS:

A year after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, the public continues to focus attention on American policing like never before. The sustained scrutiny and calls for change—fueled largely by egregious police encounters captured on video and then widely shared on social media—have already generated a series of reforms. New York will use special prosecutors toinvestigate some officer-involved homicides, body cameras are being adopted by agencies around the country, and the concept of “guardian policing” is gaining traction among police executives, instructors, and front-line officers. These and other reforms are expected to contribute to better police-community relations, as well as increase the public trust and police legitimacy that communities deserve and that effective law enforcement relies on.

But it won’t be enough. <Read More>