Whose Streets? Building Safe Communities for All - Criminal Justice Law Review Symposium Session 3

November 2, 2020 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
What might public safety look like with decreased reliance on police? Join the Criminal Justice Law Review and the Criminal Justice Program for a symposium series on emerging community-centered alternatives that are taking hold amidst calls to defund the police. Each week, a panel of scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and activists will look at an iconic neighborhood space--the street, the home, and the school--and explore the possibilities and legal obstacles to creating new forms of response to public safety incidents that are safe and effective for all.  

Session 3: School
A major focus of the movement to defund the police is the call for K-12 schools and universities to divest from police. Activists argue that police officers on school campuses do not contribute to safety and only serve to disrupt learning environments for students of color, exacerbating educational inequities and contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. At the same time, proponents of school resource officers argue that in a heavily armed society, schools are no longer presumptively safe spaces, and police officers can be positive role models for students, their presence building trust and understanding between officers and young people. Rounding out our discussion on community-driven public safety, we examine current challenges activists face in the movement to divest from police in schools as well as proposed alternatives to officers in schools.

Professor SA Smythe, UCLA Dept. of Gender Studies & African American Studies
Professor Jason P. Nance, Center on Children and Families, University of Florida School of Law
Sarah Djato, Dorsey High School (Los Angeles) Student and LA Students Deserve Leader
Professor Máximo Langer, UCLA School of Law, Moderator

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program at UCLA Law.