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Index: Empathy Panel 23 - The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing and Justice
Date:  May 10, 2013
Sub Conference: Justice

Empathy Panel 23 - The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing and Justice  


  Chad Posick
    Chad Posick has a B.S. degree in criminal justice and an M.S. degree in public policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He just finished his Ph.D in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with Project Safe Neighborhoods in the Western District of New York as well as the Department of Criminal Justice Service’s Project Impact. His research areas include restorative justice, cognitive behavioral interventions and action research.
  Joe Brummer
    Joe Brummer is completely committed to the field of nonviolence and shows it in both his professional and personal decorum. His trainings are inspiring and his mediation skills are those of a seasoned professional.... As of July 1, 2010, Joe Brummer has taken the job of Associate Executive Director at Community Mediation, Inc. in New Haven, CT.
  Michael  Rocque
    Michael Rocque is the research director at the Maine Department of Corrections and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maine’s Sociology Department. His research interests include the demography of crime, life-course criminology and crime prevention.
  Edwin Rutsch
    Convener:  Edwin Rutsch is founding director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. See his full Bio here.



Panel 23 - The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing and Justice
Chad Posick
Joe Brummer
Michael Rocque
Edwin Rutsch
The role of empathy in policing, both empathy for and by the police, is gaining attention from criminal justice researchers and practitioners. While research on the effectiveness and importance of empathy in policing is limited, the existing research indicates that empathy increases perceptions of legitimacy and trust in the police. This panel discusses a range of issues related to the role of empathy in criminal behavior, punishment, and policing with a specific emphasis on training police on how to incorporate empathy into their work.


Discussion Transcript and Outline:

  • 00:00 Introduction

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