Stop, Question, Frisk & The Law: Terry v. Ohio in Cultural and Historical Perspectives


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This part of the John Jay OER Reader explores, through historical and cultural perspectives, the landmark Supreme Court case Terry V. Ohio, which confirmed that it is constitutional for police to stop and frisk a person they suspect to be involved in a crime. Selected chapters in this part focus on the Supreme Courts decision’s shifting consequences for America’s criminal justice system across six decades. It specifically examines and attempts to explain the New York Police Department’s perceptions of criminals and competing stop and frisk statistical claims. This part also provides examples that apply to refining legal research and writing skills. Questions for reflection and discussion also accompany this chapter.

Multiple authors from diverse backgrounds and expertise contributed to this part of the John Jay OER Reader. This means that there will unavoidably be shifts in voice and tone, as well as in perspectives. This exemplifies the beneficial practice of debating and extending the discussion of criminal justice issues.


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