Effects of Access to Mental Health Services Following Release from Custody; The Socio-Political Landscape of the Defund the Police Campaign

Cool, Colin, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Smith, Michael, EN-Eng Sys and Environment, University of Virginia
White, Preston, EN-Eng Sys and Environment, University of Virginia

Defenders of status-quo policing, proponents of reform, and advocates of abolishing police are divided by divergent conceptions of justice. To defenders of police departments as they now are, justice is the preservation of the status quo. To reformers, police can be agents of justice if sufficient accountability mechanisms are implemented. To the advocates of police abolition, however, the status quo is injustice, and police, as an armed force charged with defending and perpetuating the status quo, are an unreformable obstacle on the road to justice that must be cleared if a just society is to be achieved.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Police, Abolition, Reform, Mental Health, Jail
Sponsoring Agency:
Albemarle Regional County Jail

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering
Technical Advisors: Michael Smith, Preston White
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Madeline McNult, Patrick Leonard, Grace Boland, Nathaniel Donkoh-Moore

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