Resources from our two-part event series in Portland, Oregon.

Criminal Justice: Data and Critique

  • Balko, Radley. (2013). Rise of the warrior cop: The militarization of America’s police forces. New York: Public Affairs.
  • Carr, Patrick J., Laura Napolitano, & Jessica Keating. We never call the cops and here is why: A qualitative examination of legal cynicism in three Philadelphia neighborhoods. Criminology 45.2 (2007): 445-480.
  • Coates, Rodney D. A perfect storm. Critical Sociology 41.6 (2015): 845-855
  • Cooper, Hannah L. F., & Mindy Fullilove. (2016). Editorial: Excessive police violence as a public health issue. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 93, Suppl 1.
  • Gascón, Luis D., & Aaron Roussell. (2019). The limits of community policing: Civilian power and police accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles. New York: NYU Press.
  • Graham, Steven. (2011). Cities under Siege: The New Military Urbanism. London: Verso
  • Hayes, Floyd W. III. (2015). War against the people: Killer cops and community terrorism. Critical Sociology 41, 6, 881–885.
  • Hutto, Jonathan W., Sr. & Rodney D. Green. (2016). Social movements against racist police brutality and Department of Justice intervention in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 93, Sppl 1.
  • Martinot, Steve & Jared Sexton. (2003). The avant-garde of white supremacy. Social Identities 9, 169–81.
  • Richie, Beth E. 2012. Arrested justice: Black women, violence, and America’s prison nation. New York: New York University Press.
  • Sewell, Abigail A. & Kevin A. Jefferson. (2016). Collateral damage: The health effects of invasive police encounters in New York City. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 93, Suppl 1.
  • Sexton, Jared. (2007). Racial profiling and the societies of control. In Joy James (ed.) Warfare in the American homeland, Duke University Press, Durham, NC.
  • Vitale, Alex S. 2017. The end of policing. London: Verso.
  • Williams, Kristian. 2007. Our enemies in blue: Police and power in America. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
  • Williams, Kristian. 2011. “The Other Side of the COIN: Counterinsurgency and Community Policing.” Interface 3: 81–117.

Abolition of Police and Prisons

  • Chen, Ching-In, Jai Dulani & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Eds.) (2011). The revolution starts at home: Confronting intimate violence within activist communities. AK Press.
  • Davis, Angela Y. (2003). Are prisons obsolete? Seven Stories Press.
  • Solnit, Rebecca. (2010). A paradise built in hell: The extraordinary communities that arise in disaster. Penguin.

Important Media Pieces


  • 13th. Ava DuVernay, 2016. Available on Netflix.
  • Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon. Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke, 2015. Collective Eye Films.

Alternatives to Policing: Tools & Resources

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