Policing Regulation and Oversight: Trends, Problems, and Solutions

On August 16, 2022 NACOLE welcomed Jorge Camacho and Tracey Meares of the Justice Collaboratory to discuss recent trends and problems in policing regulation. They offered insights into how structural reforms—like achieving immediate transparency and redefining how state and local governments oversee policing—can usher a new era of effective policing oversight.

The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School is a group of nationally recognized academics, researchers, and social scientists who have joined together to build a more just, effective, and democratic criminal legal system by advancing public policies that are scientifically proven to build strong and safe communities where all citizens can thrive. Their focus is to lead fundamental change by using serious science for serious impact. The research findings of The Justice Collaboratory, derived from a strict adherence to the scientific method, are the basis for the proven theoretical foundations that can transform historically underserved communities to ones of vitality, opportunity, and justice for all citizens.

Tracey_Meares.jpgTracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor and a Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Before joining the faculty at Yale, she was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1995 to 2007, serving as Max Pam Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice. She was the first African American woman to be granted tenure at both law schools.

Professor Meares is a nationally recognized expert on policing in urban communities. Her research focuses on understanding how members of the public think about their relationship(s) with legal authorities such as police, prosecutors and judges. She teaches courses on criminal procedure, criminal law, and policy and she has worked extensively with the federal government having served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council standing committee and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.

In April 2019, Professor Meares was elected as a member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In December 2014, President Obama named her as a member of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She has a B.S. in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Jorge_Camacho.jpgJorge X. Camacho is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and the Policing, Law, and Policy Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Justice Collaboratory, he served as Senior Counsel at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and as Senior Counsel in the Legal Counsel Division of the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and served on multiple task forces and citywide committees throughout his years in government service, including serving on the Steering Committee of the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and chairing its Subcommittee on Law Enforcement and Social Justice. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, where he was a Philip Evans Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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