Following the high-profile deaths of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, both of these cities erupted in protest over the unjustified homicides of unarmed black males at the hands of police. These local tragedies ― and the protests surrounding them ― assumed national significance, igniting fierce debate about the fairness and efficacy of the American criminal justice system. Yet, outside the gaze of mainstream attention, how do local residents and protestors in Ferguson and Baltimore understand their own experiences with race, place, and policing?free virtual event on February 19th. Click that blue link to sign up for the "Racial Justice Speaker Series: A Discussion with Dr. Jennifer Cobbina." This hour-and-a-half event is the first conversation in this series sponsored by University of Central Florida College of Community Innovation and Education.
Dr. Cobbina is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in criminal justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2009. Her primary research focuses on community responses to police violence and the strategies that communities employ to challenge police expansion and end state sanctioned violence. Her research also examines the intersection of race, gender, and how neighbor-hood contexts shapes crime and criminal justice practices. Finally, her work focuses on corrections, prisoner reentry, and the understanding of recidivism and desistance from crime.
Word of the Day
Desistance is the word for how people with a previous pattern of offending come to abstain from crime. It's a journey that's influenced by someone's circumstances, the way they think, and what is important to them. Each individual's experience is different. It doesn't usually happen overnight.