Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

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by Peter Moskos
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691140081

ISBN-13: 9780691140087

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"A devastating critique of America's failed war on drugs. Cop in the Hood is a powerful and truly unique document in the sociology of criminal justice. Using an original blend of personal experience, adroit cultural interpretation, and hard-edged sociological analysis, Moskos sympathetically dissects the social context of the drug users' world, and shows us this

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"A devastating critique of America's failed war on drugs. Cop in the Hood is a powerful and truly unique document in the sociology of criminal justice. Using an original blend of personal experience, adroit cultural interpretation, and hard-edged sociological analysis, Moskos sympathetically dissects the social context of the drug users' world, and shows us this tragedy close up from the police perspective."--Orlando Patterson, Harvard University"Cop in the Hood is a thoughtful, highly entertaining record of a police officer's year spent patrolling one of the country's toughest urban districts, delivered by Moskos, who wore the uniform. For those who are interested in crime and how things work, and for readers seeking a reasoned look at the war on drugs and its implications, this is the handbook."--George Pelecanos, writer and producer for The Wire"This riveting tale of policing begins honestly and continues with great sincerity and pathos. A sensitive and timely account of the daily trials of police work by someone who knows Baltimore's streets firsthand, Cop in the Hood challenges journalists, social scientists, and others who profess knowledge of the inner city to walk those streets before making bold declarations and righteous claims for policy and redress. A must-read."--Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets"Peter Moskos, a sociologist by training, somewhat inadvertently became a police officer. Cop in the Hood is the fortuitous and fascinating result. It gives the reader the real dope from someone with the training and ability to put the street into the larger context. Highly recommended."--Alex Tabarrok, George MasonUniversity, cofounder of marginalrevolution.com"Cop in the Hood is an extremely valuable study centered on patrolling a drug-infested Baltimore police district. Readers interested in drug policy, criminology, or policing cannot help but to learn a lot from this book. I know that I did, and I am grateful to the author. Many of his insights are eye-opening. His voice is unique and essential in debates concerning drug-policy reforms."--Jim Leitzel, University of Chicago

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ISBN-13:
9780691140087
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
The Departed     1
Back to School: The Police Academy     19
New Jack: Learning to Do Drugs     38
The Corner: Life on the Streets     64
911 Is a Joke     89
Under Arrest: Discretion in the Ghetto     111
Prohibition: Al Capone's Revenge     158
Epilogue: School Daze     184
Notes     197
Bibliography     215
Index     239

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Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Derek_Riemer More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a project I conducted on police for school. I never realized how hard cops work. While reading this book I learned lots of information about the role that 911 plays on police who would otherwise work by patrolling specific areas of the ghetto and keeping violent criminals from having their way on drug corners. The book uses examples to prove points. The writing jumps around quite a bit which causes the book to lack some structure. The book talks a bit about the prohibition of drugs and how it makes things hard for cops because of the restriction of what a cop can search for on criminals. It would be, as proven from the book, easier to just leave people alone than go through the hassle of searching them. I feel that this is the most important part of the book because it points out an inefficiency in the criminal justice system. It is also important to realize that this inefficiency may be seen as a check on the power of a police officer. If you enjoy reading about the experiences of professions this book may be for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago