Center on Community Safety, Policing and Inequality

Law schools have a crucial role to play in the nationwide transformation of policing. The premise of our criminal justice system has long been that crime prevention, whatever its cost, is the overriding priority. The mission of this center is to question that assumption—and to provide advocates, officials, and community members with the tools necessary to effect meaningful change.

Inaugural Event on Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m.: This kickoff lecture by Bennett Capers of the Fordham University School of Law will be held online. A Q&A with retired Justice Richard Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court will follow.

Law schools have a crucial role to play in the nationwide transformation of policing. The premise of our criminal justice system has long been that crime prevention, whatever its cost, is the overriding priority. The mission of this center is to question that assumption—and to provide advocates, officials, and community members with the tools necessary to effect meaningful change.

Who We Are

Kiel Brennan-Marquez
Faculty Director, Kiel Brennan-Marquez

“What I’m most excited about is bringing theoretical insights to bear on real-world problems.  Too often, scholarship operates at a remove from the ground-level realities of criminal justice.  This center aims to counteract that trend.”

Student Fellows

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Mumina Egal '23

"As a community organizer with experience in policing issues, I am interested in continuing that work through law school. I look forward to helping advocate for overdue change throughout the criminal justice system."

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Shane Russell '23

"As an active-duty police officer, I wanted to contribute my professional expertise to the center—I saw it as an opportunity to improve both policing and, more importantly, our communities."

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Bryce Simmons '23

"As a Connecticut native with family in law enforcement, as well as an executive member of the Black Law Students Association, I feel a personal stake in probing these issues and working toward lasting reform."

What We Do

The Center has three interconnected points of focus: research, pedagogy, and community engagement.

Stay in Touch

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