“How much racial profiling happens in Ferguson?” This is a question asked by Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. One way to partly answer this is to quantify unjust practices in police departments.
Madrigal introduces us to a a new initiative called The Justice Database, created by UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity.
The database will be “a national catalog of police behavior—including stops and the use of force.”
Data like this could help identify inefficient use of police work and wrongheaded institutional policies. Geographically, the Justice Database might also reveal which districts and regions require the most reform, and conversely, which departments have minimized racial profiling.