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Community Psychologists study the interactions between law enforcement, the legal system, and communities defined by geographic, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious identities. Community Psychologists facilitate research, discussion, collaboration, and action to promote better understanding of laws and law enforcement within these community contexts.

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When the Feds Need Help: Community-Based Policing and Deportation

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Immigrant Justice, Uncategorized | Tags:
Submitted by: Doris Marie Provine While there is a long history of cooperation between local police and sheriffs and federal immigration agents in the United States, the issue has more recently become a source of conflict. Federal initiatives begun in the Clinton Administration are designed to encourage more intense and on-going relationships with local police. […]

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Paying Time After Time: The Costs of Criminal Record Stigma

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Submitted by: Elaina R. McWilliams and Bronwyn A. Hunter In 2018, researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County invited members of a nationwide Facebook Group to complete an online survey if they were over 18 and had a felony and/or misdemeanor conviction. In the survey, we asked about 1) whether they believed that most […]

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Society for Community Research and Action Statement on Police Brutality

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Violence Prevention | Tags:
We, the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), are in solidarity with those calling to move funding out of policing and into systems that facilitate community wellness. For this reason, we take up policing as an institution.

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Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence Offenders

Posted in: Criminal Justice
A novel domestic violence offender treatment has been shown to significantly decrease both the number of instances and severity of subsequent intimate partner violence.

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Trust, Momentum, and Readiness: Trust-Building in Police-Community Partnerships

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups
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Serve & Connect has a mission to ignite positive change and strengthen communities through building positive police and community partnerships. Read more on how Serve & Connect has developed a comprehensive, evidence-informed, community-centered model for promoting safety, resilience, and well-being to facilitate positive community level change through effective community collaboration.

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Hate Crimes, Gun Violence, and Extremism: The Role of Community Intervention and Positive Intergroup Contact

Posted in: Criminal Justice
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How can communities become more proactive to prevent senseless tragedies from reoccurring and identify extremism and hate crime indicators?

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Preventing Future Crime by Addressing Childhood Sexual Abuse and Later Non-Consensual Sexual Experiences in a Community Context

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Mental Health
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Trauma history is linked with later criminal activity. Rehabilitation through the Justice System is limited when it does not address the sexual trauma history of inmates. More work needs to be done to address the cycle of sexual violence within the community.

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Is it Any of Our Business? How Religious Leaders Understand and Respond to IPV

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice | Tags:
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Silence surrounding interpersonal violence among church leaders is referred to as the “holy hush.”

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Student Voice Project: Policy-Informed Research on Youth Perceptions of the Baltimore City School Police Force

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Education
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‘The Student Voice Project,’ sought to highlight how students’ perspectives could shape local policy related to school police in Baltimore City.

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Driving Transformation through Collaboration: Reflections from a Police Widow

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Inspiration
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Police widow Kassy Alia talks about how her community psychology perspective influenced her response to her husband’s death and lead to the founding of the non-profit organization, Serve & Connect.

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