12.15.20 — Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force have released Reform and Reimagine Birmingham Public Safety, a report that outlines the task force’s recommendations for improving public safety and policing in the city, as well as the mayor’s 2021-2025 public safety policy agenda — the report relies on Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s (CRRJ) investigations of police killings in Jefferson County to provide historical context about policing in Birmingham. The Birmingham report includes language, key data points and recommendations from CRRJ’s report, Police Killings in Jefferson County, Alabama: 1930-1970.

“CRRJ continues to engage with community stakeholders in Birmingham to consider the region’s history of policing with an eye toward repair,” said CRRJ Executive Director Linda Mann. “We are hopeful that we will be able to partner with other members of the Birmingham community, who are interested in meaningful reform and restorative justice.”

About the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law is a mission-driven program of interdisciplinary teaching, research and policy analysis.  We work at the crossroads of race, history, and criminal justice. Established in 2007 and offering courses, fellowships, and an archive of cases, the program is the preeminent academic center for the study of mid-twentieth century racial violence. Our original investigations, transformative pedagogies and top-level scholarship facilitate local and national initiatives to uncover an accurate history of racial terror and reconcile the ongoing damage.

For more information, visit crrj.org.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.