CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: Social Work and the Future of Policing

June 30, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Cosponsored by

  • Center for Social Development, Brown School at Washington University
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Congressional Social Work Caucus


  • DESMOND UPTON PATTON (bio), Associate Professor, CSSW
  • DERRICK JACKSON (bio), Director of Community Engagement, Washentaw County Sherif’s Office
  • GEORGE T. PATTERSON (bio), Associate Professor, Silberman School at Hunter College
  • CARRIE PETTUS-DAVIS (bio), Associate Professor, Florida State University School of Social Work

Moderated by

  • CHARLES E. LEWIS, JR. (bio), PhD alumnus of CSSW and founding director of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work


Calls to “defund the police” have spawned initiatives to rethink and reimagine policing. Social workers have been engaged in efforts to create more equitable and effective systems for public service for years, and stand ready to lead this urgently needed transformation.

Please join us for this virtual event on June 30 to hear from social work and criminal justice scholars as well as law enforcement about models for transformation.