How the Black Lives Matter Movement Can Improve the Justice System

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/faculty_scholarship/1611
Author(s):
Robinson, Paul H.
Tags:
Black Lives Matter; police misconduct; violent crime; murder; homicide; criminal justice reform; African-Americans; Civil Rights and Discrimination; Criminology; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Inequality and Stratification; Law; Law and Race; Law and Society; Law Enforcement and Corrections; Politics and Social Change; Race and Ethnicity; Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
editorial description
This op-ed piece argues that because the criminal justice system's loss of moral credibility contributes to increased criminality and because blacks are disproportionately the victims of crimes, especially violent crimes, the most valuable contribution that the Black Lives Matter movement can make is not to tear down the system’s reputation but rather to propose and support reforms that will build it up, thereby improving its crime-control effectiveness and reducing black victimization.