Response or Comment
To the surprise of no one, the Defund the Police campaign has been subject to attack on several fronts—by political conservatives, police unions, and any number of Democratic Party politicians. How did Defund proponents respond to this high leverage moment? As the national debate about police budgets reached its apex, the Defund campaign seemed to scatter in several policy directions while clinging to the Defund mantra.
In To “Defund” the Police, Jessica Eaglin tracks these directions and draws a conceptual map of the various ongoing political projects designed to stem the flow of public money to police departments. To this end, Eaglin delivers a four-part typology of recent initiatives that plausibly fall under the Defund mantle: Police Abolition, Police Recalibration, Police Oversight, and Fiscal Constraints.
Defund the Police Campaign, Police Abolition, Police Recalibration, Police Oversight, Jessica Eaglin
Trevor George Gardner, The Promise of Radical Crime Policy, JOTWELL (January 11, 2022) (reviewing Jessica Eaglin, To "Defund” the Police, 73 Stan. L. Rev. Online 120 (2021)), https://crim.jotwell.com/the-promise-of-radical-crime-policy/.
Gardner, Trevor George, "The Promise Of Radical Crime Policy" (2022). Scholarship@WashULaw. 133.