Why Civilian Oversight is NOT the Answer – Addressing Use of Force and Other Human Rights Violations

  • Heath B. Grant
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


The title to this chapter might strike some as surprising and possibly unfair. When thinking about many police agencies in the developing world with notoriously high levels of reported corruption and human rights abuses (e.g. Brazil, Mexico and many others), why wouldn’t the establishment of external citizen oversight be the right answer? Many would argue that this is the first thing that should take place.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heath B. Grant
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  1. 1.Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal JusticeJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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