The End of Policing

The End of Policing

The problem is not overpolicing, it is policing itself

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself.

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.

Title:The End of Policing
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    The End of Policing Reviews

  • Thomas

    Such an unfortunately relevant and timely book with the ongoing police brutality and militarization of police against protestors in the United States. The End of Policing shows that instead of police ...

  • Onyango Makagutu

    Demilitarize the police. Reduce policing. Build more humane societies. End war on drugs and on terror. Heck, just do away with the fucking police....

  • Sarah Ames-Foley

    PSA: The ebook version of this is currently FREE on the publisher's website and can be delivered in multiple formats!A kinder, gentler, and more diverse war on the poor is still a war on the poor.this...

  • Michael

    swiftly overviews the many failings of the American police, an institution that has since its beginning helped uphold a racist, classist social order through the threat and use of violence, and even m...

  • Roy Lotz

    A kinder, gentler, and more diverse war on the poor is still a war on the poor. Like many white Americans, I was complacent about the problem of police violence for many years. I figured that there...

  • Avery

    As a sociological study, this book succeeds spectacularly. As a political manifesto, not so much. The value of this book derives primarily from its extensive research, data, and statistics. Vitale pre...

  • Mara

    This is a book that genuinely opened up my mind to a new way of imagining what is possible. Vitale's book is a compelling argument from history, sociological data, and lived experience that the police...

  • Jenna

    Unfortunately, this won't be a review of this book. I had to resort to listening to the audio version and while it was very well done, I simply don't retain much information when I listen. I have to s...

  • Kaelan Ratcliffe ? ??????? ????????

    Uncompromising Institutional Analysis There came a point, about halfway through this book, where the full gravity of the situation of American policing hit me like a frieght train. The truth is, th...

  • Sleepless Dreamer

    Like most people, I've been watching the protests in the states and hearing the calls to abolish the police. At first, I felt like it was merely a rhetoric device meant to get the point across. I mea...