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RICSRE Seminar with Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve - Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court

November 30, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
Brandon Room, Black Community Services Center

This event is free and open to all Stanford faculty, graduate students, and CCSRE affiliates. Lunch will be served.

Americans are waking up to the dire effects of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities of color. The criminal courts are the crucial gateway between police action on the street and the processing of primarily black and Latino defendants into jails and prisons. And yet the courts, often portrayed as impartial institutions, have remained shrouded in secrecy. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve spent ten years working in and investigating the largest criminal courthouse in the country, Chicago-Cook County. Based on over 1,000 hours of observation, she takes readers inside our halls of justice to witness the types of everyday racial abuses that fester within the courts, often in plain sight. Ultimately, she reveals that the courts are a crucial gateway for the racialization of criminal justice - where racism and discretion collide with dire effects to both the experience and appearance of justice.Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Ph.D.is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. For her complete bio, please visit our website.

The RICSRE Faculty Seminar Series creates a monthly forum for faculty, students, and scholars to explore topics related to race and ethnicity in an interdisciplinary and comparative framework. Participation in the series is an excellent way to hear and discuss the work of a multidisciplinary group of colleagues from Stanford and other institutions. The series is open to all Stanford faculty, graduate students, and CCSRE affiliates. For more information, visit the CCSRE website.

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Urban Studies, and the Criminal Justice Center

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