“Crook County” with Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve | May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016
4.30pm - 6pm
School of Social Service Administration Lobby, 969 East 60th Street

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Ph.D., will lead a discussion about her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court (2016, Stanford University Press).

After ten years and over 1,000 hours of working in and observing the largest criminal courthouse in the country, Chicago-Cook County, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve takes readers inside to our so-called halls of justice to witness the types of everyday racial abuses that fester within the courts, often in plain sight...Crook County's powerful, and at times devastating, stories reveal a legal culture steeped in racial stigma'a pernicious legal world where courtroom actors live and breathe racism while simultaneously committing themselves to a colorblind ideal. This book urges all citizens to take a closer look at the way we do justice in America and to hold our arbiters of justice accountable to a high standard of equality.

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a legal studies fellow and received the Badesch Fellowship from the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award and the 2015 New Scholar Award (co-winner) awarded by American Society of Criminology¹s Division on People of Color and Crime. She is also an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court, and her legal commentary has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. Her recent op-ed in the New York Times entitled, "Chicagos Racist Cops and Racist Courts" shows the complicity of the criminal courts in the racist culture of policing and injustice in Chicago.

This event is co-sponsored by the Seminary Coop Bookstore, CSRPC, and SSA as a part of our Illuminating (In)Justice Series.

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