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Professor Kami Chavis calls Justice Department report findings regarding Baltimore Police ‘appalling’

Associate Dean of Research and Engagement Kami Chavis, founder and director of the Criminal Justice Program, is quoted in the following Wall Street Journal story that was published on Aug. 11, 2016, regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s report criticizing the Baltimore Police Department.

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Criminal Justice Program, Ban the Box present ‘We Are All Criminals’ Director Emily Baxter on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Emily Baxter, the director of the documentary film project “We Are All Criminals,” a project that examines the impact of criminal records on our lives, will share her findings with law students at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The presentation begins at 12 p.m. and is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program and the Pro Bono Project’s Ban the Box Initiative, which aims to convince businesses to refrain from inquiring about felonies on employee job applications.

After sharing her documentary project, Baxter will meet with student leaders interested in criminal justice issues.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses police accountability in Christian Science Monitor article regarding developments in Freddie Gray cases

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article, “Freddie Gray cases: no convictions, but a lesson,” published by Henry Gass on July 27, 2016.  The article, which follows, was posted on Yahoo! News in the entry, “In Baltimore, a lesson for rebuilding trust in police.”

Additionally, Professor Chavis was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article, “Texas cop says prosecutors silenced him about Sandra Bland case,” published by Max Lewontin on July 29, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis co-authors article for The Nation on five ways to make America safe

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, co-authored the article, “Want to Make America Safe? Here Are 5 Ways to Do That,” with George Washington University Law School Professor Spencer Overton, published on The Nation on July 21, 2016.

Professor Chavis and Professor Overton discuss advice and solutions gathered from traveling to cities across the country.  The original article follows.

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Professor Kami Chavis named Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement

Professor Kami Chavis, founder and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, has been named the law school’s Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement. Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) says this position will highlight Professor Chavis’ passion for public engagement.

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Professor Kami Chavis writes in Pittsburgh Law Jurist: ‘Hate Crime Laws to Protect Police are Misguided’

The following was originally posted here in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Jurist.
JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Kami N. Chavis of Wake Forest University School of Law discusses the recent proposals to add police officers to hate crime statutes…

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Professor Kami Chavis authors opinion piece in New York Times about technology use among law enforcement

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, authored the article, “Technology Doesn’t Change the Need for Legal Protection,” published on the New York Times Opinion Page on July 14, 2016.  The article, which follows, discusses the use of technology among law enforcement, in light of the recent shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas.

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Professor Kami Chavis co-authors article in American Prospect regarding recent police shootings, implicit bias and potential solutions

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, co-authored the article, “How We Move Beyond Dallas,” with George Washington University Law School Professor Spencer Overton, published on The American Prospect on July 13, 2016.

Professor Chavis and Professor Overton discuss the recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, as well as solutions for moving forward.  They reference a number of implicit bias-related studies and research from sources including the Obama administration’s President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the New York Times, #PopJustice’s report series and more.  The original article follows.

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Professor Kami Chavis says Minnesota police shooting reignites debate over aggressive police tactics

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, says Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a Minnesota man by police during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb has reignited the debate over aggressive police tactics used against racial minorities in America.

The New York Times reports aftermath of Philando Castile’s shooting was captured in a grisly video recorded by the car’s front-seat passenger and streamed live.

“The police shooting of Philando Castile comes on the heels of another violent police encounter that ended in the death of Alton Sterling in Louisiana,” Chavis says. “While it is important to wait for a full investigation to gain  a better understanding of the events that transpired in both of these cases, it is undeniable that these incidents will further strain relations between police and communities nationwide.”

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Professor Kami Chavis authors op/ed in The Nation on Timothy Foster case and discriminatory jury selection

Professor Kami Chavis authored the following op/ed, “The Supreme Court Didn’t Fix Racist Jury Selection,” originally published in The Nation on May 31, 2016.

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