Research Recommendations

Book Recommendations

The Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment

The Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment was a landmark experiment in showing that routine police patrol does not have an affect on the level of crime in a community or the public's perception of the police. Importantly, it also proved that police departments "can manipulate patrol resources without jeopardizing public safety" (One example of manipulation would be decreasing funding and patrol presence).


Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities

The Freedom to Thrive report by Popular Democracy shows that police budgets vastly outpace budgets for vital community expenditures across the nation, which is in direct opposition to community priorities stated by community members themselves. It also contains a "Budget 101" section that will give all readers a foundational understanding of how to look critically at a budget.


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Our Enemies in Blue By Kristian Williams

In this extensively revised and updated edition of his seminal study of policing in the United States, Kristian Williams shows that police brutality isn't an anomaly, but is built into the very meaning of law enforcement in the United States. From antebellum slave patrols to today's unarmed youth being gunned down in the streets, "peace keepers" have always used force to shape behavior, repress dissent, and defend the powerful. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that both makes historical sense of this legalized social pathology and maps out possible alternatives.






Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Y. Davis

In Are Prisons Obsolete?, Professor Davis seeks to illustrate that the time for the prison is approaching an end. She argues forthrightly for "decarceration", and argues for the transformation of the society as a whole.




The End of Policing By Alex S. Vitale

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice-even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives-such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction-has led to a decrease in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.


ActNow JH

We are ordinary people seeking criminal, racial, and social justice in Teton County. In the USA’s most economically unequal county, we challenge overinvestment in law enforcement and fight for restorative community services in the pursuit of collective liberation. 

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