According to The New York Times, since the murder of George Floyd, states have passed over 140 police oversight bills, increasing police accountability and overhauling rules on the use of force. But the calls for change continue, and a renewed push for major structural change is sweeping the nation.
Join Friends on Thursday, May 20th at 12 pm ET for a Conversation on Police Reform & Legal Estrangement with Dr. Monica Bell (SC 02). Joining Dr. Bell in conversation will be Malina Simard-Halm (NM 17).
Legal estrangement is a process by which the law and its enforcers signal to marginalized groups that they are not fully part of American society – that they are not imbued with all the freedoms and entitlements that flow to other Americans, such as dignity, safety, dreams, health, and political voice. In contrast to scholarship that places law-abiding and cooperation as its core goal, our conversation will interrogate how law and its institutions create and reinforce a sense of group social non-citizenship – and how legal institutions can change course to increase social solidarity.
Dr. Monica Bell is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School, with a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Dr. Bell’s areas of research include law and sociology, law and inequality, policing and the criminal legal system, welfare and public benefits law, housing law and residential segregation, and race and the law. A graduate of Furman University, she earned an MSc at University College Dublin, JD from Yale Law School, and PhD from Harvard.
Malina Simard-Halm read her MPhil in criminology at Cambridge and is currently a JD candidate at Yale, from which she earned her undergraduate degree in 2018.
May 20, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1pm