Youth/Police Conference by Jamie Kalven

The Conference grows out of a collaborative project, developed by the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School and the Invisible Institute, that focuses on everyday encounters – on the countless interactions between teenagers and police that take place daily in cities across the country.  Our methodology has been simple.  We have talked extensively with Chicago inner city youth.  And we have listened.  We have avoided conventional policy frames – e.g., “stop and frisk” – and instead have asked the teenagers we work with to describe their encounters with the police in their own words, to tell us how those encounters make them feel, and to reflect on how their experiences with the police shape their behavior.

We have learned a great deal. 

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