Delores Jones-Brown

Professor of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

  • Police-community relations
  • Stop and frisk
  • Race and justice
  • Prosecution
  • Juvenile justice
  • Policing alternatives
  • Race and police use of force
  • Legal socialization of adolescent males

Key Findings

  • All the police departments surveyed had policies that banned racial profiling in place. MORE
  • Less than a quarter of departments had policies that banned profiling based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. MORE
  • More than half of police departments did not have any policies banning police sexual misconduct against members of the community. MORE
  •  A majority of departments failed to address police use of force against pregnant women. MORE
  • Only one department offered policy guidance to police officers regarding children of arrested guardians. MORE
  • Police officers have killed approximately 1,000 people per year since January 2015, with Black Americans being significantly over-represented. MORE
  • In almost every incident where an officer was charged with deadly force, the victim was unarmed. MORE


Delores Jones-Brown, Professor of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is an expert in police-community relations, race and the administration of justice and legal socialization of adolescent males.

Jones-Brown is the founding director of the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice and has spent ten years teaching sworn NYPD officers in a leadership program aimed at developing police leaders who can work effectively with multicultural populations. She is an executive board member of the Center for Policing Equity, a research consortium that promotes police transparency and accountability by facilitating innovative research collaborations between law enforcement agencies and empirical social scientists. Jones-Brown was one of several academics who gave testimony before President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

She has published numerous chapters, articles and legal commentaries related to race and policing as well as an award-winning book on race, crime and punishment. She is the lead author of “Stop, Question and Frisk Policing Practices in New York City: A Primer,” a highly cited report describing the contours of stop and frisk policing in New York from 2002 to 2013.

She has received several awards and honors from both academic and police practitioner organizations. She received her Ph.D., J.D. and M.A. from Rutgers University and B.A. from Howard University.