Drug Researchers' Roundtable: The Limits of Police Reform

New York, NY

This presentation addressed the limitations of the most commonly proposed police reforms and discussed instead how harm reduction style approaches can be used to deal with issues such as sex work and youth violence as an alternative to relying on police.


Alex S. Vitale, a Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults with both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and the The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry.