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Jocelyn Simonson

Jocelyn Simonson is Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she writes and teaches about criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and social change. She studies bottom-up interventions in the criminal legal system, such as bail funds, copwatching, courtwatching, and participatory defense, asking how these real-life interventions should inform our conceptions of the design of criminal justice institutions, the discourse of constitutional rights, and the meaning of democratic justice. Her article “Police Reform Through a Power Lens” is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal. She tweets @j_simonson.

When we think, write, and act alongside movements, we help disrupt the everyday violence of law and imagine more radical transformation.

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Reform efforts will fail. Only a power shift to communities can improve public safety.

Jocelyn Simonson
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The Mass Bail Out at Rikers Island shows that freedom is a critical part of public safety.

Jocelyn Simonson