• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The New World of Police Accountability is the first book to provide an original and comprehensive analysis of some of the most important developments in policing over the past ten years. Esteemed author Samuel Walker synthesizes the major developments in the area of police accountability and argues that these developments represent a new period in the history of police reform that promises to address the historic problems of police abuse. This text assesses both the achievements and limitations of police accountability and reshapes the conventional wisdom on this topic. The book covers such issues as federal law suits against the police, consent decrees, citizen oversight of the police, and early intervention systems.    

The Accomplishments and Limitations of Traditional Police Reforms
The accomplishments and limitations of traditional police reforms

To appreciate the significance of the new police accountability, it is necessary to place it in the context of past police reform efforts and what they accomplished and where they fell short. This chapter offers a brief critical review of the principal police reform efforts of the past.

Police reform is nothing new in the United States. Indeed, reform movements have been around since the first modern police departments were created in the 1830s. Throughout the nineteenth century, these efforts achieved little in the way of lasting improvement in policing. By the dawn of the twentieth century, the American police were still mired in corruption, brutality, and inefficiency, all the result ...

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