"Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation and Race"

February 20

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Sturm Hall, Room 451, Lecture Hall

Springing from decades of abuse by law enforcement and an excessive criminal justice system, members of over-policed communities lead the current movement for civil rights in the United States. Activated by injustice, individuals protested police brutality in Ferguson, campaigned to end stop-and-frisk in New York City, and advocated for restorative justice in Washington, D.C. Yet, scholars focused on the negative impact of punitive policy on material resources and trust in government did not predict these pockets of resistance, arguing instead that marginalizing and demeaning policy teaches individuals to acquiesce and withdraw. "Mobilized by Injustice" excavates conditions under which, despite otherwise negative outcomes, negative criminal justice experiences catalyze political action.