What are we going to do about police misconduct? Many are calling for a total defunding of the police, while others are looking for systems to enhance accountability through reform. Many have pointed to civilian oversight agencies, but University of Chicago legal scholar Sharon Fairley says that these agencies can often become corrupt.
Last year, Fairley completed the most comprehensive study of civilian oversight agencies ever conducted. Its insights are exhaustive for how to make these agencies effective at holding police accountable. In this episode, we go through the history of civilian oversight and explain some of the most important reforms that Fairley suggests.
- Police oversight enters ‘watershed era’ of change amid cries for accountability
- Police reform steps that must be taken immediately—Chicago Tribune
- After decades of police corruption, can Chicago finally reform its force? WBEZ
- One year after Van Dyke conviction, how is Chicago handling police misconduct? WTTW Chicago
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