In the wake of a growing number of high-profile deaths of young black men in which police have been involved, ACS has published Programmatic Suggestions Regarding Criminal Justice and Communities of Color. The guide provides helpful background and resources for chapters that wish to conduct programming and activities related to criminal justice and communities of color. It serves as a supplement to ACS’ 2014 Program Guide, Brown v. Board and Beyond: Racial Equality in America 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act, which includes a section on “Equality and the Criminal Justice System” that examines case law and reports regarding racial profiling and mass incarceration.
Racial disparities in policing and criminal justice are not new, but the events of the past six months have served as a tragic reminder of this inequity. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and John Crawford at the hands of police officers, none of whom were indicted, has raised the profile of racial disparities that have plagued the criminal justice system for generations. The new guide provides context and guidance for examining the constitutional and policy issues that these events, and the ensuing national protests, have raised.
ACS will continue to develop materials related to policing and communities of color, which we will circulate to our members as they become available.