Court Upholds Order Stemming from Arpaio Profiling

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against Maricopa County, Az., arising from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling tactics and a contempt finding against him for willfully violating a previous order to stop the practice. The case has already cost the county more than $100 million for training and technology and to compensate victims for rights violations.

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Inside Prison, Racial Pride Often Looks Like Hypocrisy

Many incarcerated individuals develop a cultural or racial consciousness they ignored when they were free—and prison authorities encourage it as a healthy way to build character. But there’s a dark underside, says a Washington State inmate.

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Buffalo Lawsuit Charges Racial Discrimination at Traffic Stops

Civil rights groups filed the suit on behalf of the advocacy group Black Love Resists in the Rust after a 2012 “Strike Force” unit established traffic checkpoints in high-crime areas in Buffalo, with what it claimed were adverse affects on minorities. These checkpoints were disproportionately placed in Black and Latino communities.

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Why Traffic Stops Don’t Stop Crime

A new book examines the arrest data produced by police stops in North Carolina, and finds the public safety benefit was minimal. In a conversation with The Crime Report, co-author Frank Baumgartner says it should make police departments across the US reevaluate a practice that is often considered racial profiling.

How NYC Trains Police Officers On ‘Implicit Bias’

All New York City police officers are being trained via a $4.5 million contract with Fair and Impartial Policing, a Florida company. Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida who runs the firm, said the training is not meant to cure officers of biases, but to teach them to be aware of moments when an acquired bias surfaces, so that it can be managed.