Episode 45: "Crook County" - Racism in the Courts w/ Dr. Nicole Van Cleve

In recent years, policymakers, activists, and the mainstream media have given increased attention to racial disparities within the criminal justice system. However, some skeptics have raised questions about whether statistics highlighting racial disparities are a result of racism or some other cause. Today, we provide insight into the role of race, racism, and discrimination in shaping legal outcomes by interviewing Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, an Associate Professor at The University of Delaware in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her research explores the contradictory ways that racial stigma is reproduced by the criminal justice system in a purportedly, “colorblind” era. We’ll discuss fieldwork related to her book, Crook County (22:20), how racism plays out in everyday legal practices (31:52), how prosecutors and public defenders perpetuate racial injustice (37:30), and how the relationship between law enforcement and prosecutors shapes the outcomes of police brutality cases (43:15). We close by discussing how we can address racism within the court system (51:51) and Dr. Van Cleve’s upcoming work (58:38).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

04:10 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

15:00 - Introduction of the Topic

18:24 - Learn More about Dr. Van Cleve

26:54 - The Role of Race in Fieldwork

1:03:04 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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