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Title: Experiment in Using Legal Skills to Reduce Police-Community Hostility - Final Report
Author(s): L A Rodgers
Corporate Author: Lawyers' Cmtte for Civil Rights Under Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1969
Page Count: 66
Sponsoring Agency: Lawyers' Cmtte for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC 20005
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: NI085
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The final report of the LEAA funded project notes its accomplishments and current activities in such areas as citation release, landlord-tenant dispute settlement, complaint handling and recordkeeping.
Abstract: The aim of the project was to provide the Oakland Calif. Police Department with access to the legal skills of the project director and the Oakland Lawyer's Committee in an attempt to reduce police-community hostility. The major activity of the project has been the citation release program, providing both field and station release according to specified procedures and criteria applicable to all misdemeanants. This effort has resulted in fewer arrests and fewer people put in jail to await trial. The landlord-tenant dispute settlement program aims at positive police involvement to curtail landlord and tenant abuses, and to accommodate competing interests more equitably and effectively. The Oakland Lawyers' Committee has involved the private bar in such areas as the citation release project, instruction in constitutional and civil rights laws to police recruits, traffic court alert, minority recruitment, and chronic drunkenness offender problems. The Civil Disorder Planning Committee for Oakland is formultating emergency procedures to be implemented in the event of disorder. A neutral observer in the jail during civil disorder and a special panel of defense attorneys to represent those arrested are being considered. Other activities include the citizen-police association, revision of recordkeeping operations, accidential handling of complaints, and the authorization of private watchmen to carry firearms. Nine appendixes are included.
Index Term(s): California; Dispute resolution; Police community relations; Police legal advisers; Pretrial procedures; Release on recognizance
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