Teamwork, Scholarship Behind LEWIS Registry

Developing SCI’s LEWIS Registry is a team effort, and one USC student is helping. Corran Bellman is a second-year master’s of public policy student at the USC. The Price School of Public Policy spoke with Bellman to explore how he is working with SCI to create the new public safety database. A portion of the Price School article is offered below.

Building a robust database with national impact

Bellman’s work in SCI focuses on the new LEWIS Registry, the nation’s first unified database tracking police misconduct. Launched in May 2021, the registry intends to include all U.S. law enforcement officers who have resigned or have been terminated due to misconduct.

Bellman is currently combing through data, ensuring the all of the information in the registry is accurate and attributed to proper sources. In many cases, that entails verifying a former officer’s termination or resignation with local or national news sources.

Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the need for a nationwide record of law enforcement accountability became clear, and the LEWIS Registry is filling that gap. Bellman said he is excited to be part of a landmark project in its early stages.

“Coming to Price was the perfect fit for me and the logical next step because it gave me the opportunity to focus on quantitative data analysis and things that I wasn’t as comfortable with,” he said.

Bellman is working under Professor Erroll Southers, the director of SCI. Southers has done extensive work analyzing the criminal justice system, homegrown violent extremism and school violence prevention. In addition to launching the LEWIS Registry, he has published major research on a number of topics since arriving at USC in 2003, including examinations of active shooter incidents and counterterrorism. Bellman looks forward to expanding his interests by studying the work of Southers and other experts involved with SCI.

“I wanted to learn more about some of the real policy efforts that have been undertaken in the vein of police reform,” Corran said of working with Southers. “I’m also really interested in violent extremism, which SCI also does work on.”

Read the full article by the Price School.

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