Stop and Frisk: Balancing Crime Control With Community Relations

Nancy La Vigne
Director of the Justice Policy Center, Urban Insitute


This publication discusses the constitutionality and legal precedents of stop and frisk and the theory and practice behind these street stops. This background is followed by a discussion of stop and frisks unintended consequences and a series of practical recommendations for the lawful and respectful use of pedestrian stops in the context of community policing.

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