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Podcast: Talk Policy To Me

Posts from September 2018

Episode 202: Talking Policing and Criminal Justice with Tara Regan Anderson

The dinosaur in the room: can prosecutors help bring the criminal justice system into the 21st century?


Historically, prosecutors’ records were judged by the number of people who were put behind bars. For Tara Regan Anderson (MPP 2010) and her colleagues in San Francisco Defense Attorney Gascon’s office, that’s no longer the goal. Join her and Jonathan Stein (MMP/JD 2013) for a conversation about the shift in thinking around prosecution and the impact this shift is having on police officers, individuals interacting with the police, and the people connected to those individuals. In this episode, Tara talks about her work to support children of incarcerated parents and elaborates on how the criminal justice system affects all those involved, not just the individual entering the system.  

Interested in learning more about the work being done to support children of those in the criminal justice system? Here are three suggestions: 

  1. Explore the research from the Quattrone Center  
  2. Learn more about on-the-ground efforts from Project What! 
  3. Read Tara’s article “The Power of One Embrace”, shared on the National Council on Crime & Delinquency’s  

Episode 201: Talking Implicit Bias in Policing with Professor Jack Glaser

Implicit Bias: A buzzword or an area for major policy change?


As the country takes stock of the growing number of stories of people of color dying at the hands of police officers, more and more we are hearing about the role of implicit bias. Implicit bias trainings are being implemented at police districts across the nation—but what is implicit bias, and how do we tackle it? In this episode, Goldman School Professor Jack Glaser and MPA alumna Jasmine Jones talk about the brain’s role in implicit bias, the difference between implicit bias and prejudice, and the limits of trying to break the patterns of implicit bias without changing the societal landscape.  

Listen to Jack and Jasmine unpack the research about whether public policies can provide a solution for overcoming implicit bias in policing.  

Speakers featured on this epsiode

Jack Glaser is Professor and Associate Dean of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy. He is a social psychologist whose primary research interest is in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. He studies these intergroup biases at multiple levels of analysis. For example, he investigates the unconscious operation of stereotypes and prejudice using computerized reaction time methods, and is investigating the implications of such subtle forms of bias in law enforcement. In particular, he is interested in racial profiling, especially as it relates to the psychology of stereotyping, and the self-fulfilling effects of such stereotype-based discrimination.

Additionally, Professor Glaser has conducted research on a very extreme manifestation of intergroup bias - hate crime - and has carried out analyses of historical data as well as racist rhetoric on the Internet to challenge assumptions about economic predictors of intergroup violence. Another area of interest is in electoral politics and political ideology, specifically the role of emotion (as experienced and expressed) in politics. Professor Glaser is working with the Center for Policing Equity as one of the principal investigators on a National Science Foundation- and Google-funded project to build a National Justice Database of police stops and use of force incidents. He is the author of Suspect Race: Causes & Consequences of Racial Profiling.