The Project

What we are all about

Our Mission

To implement the state of Connecticut’s Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Law which prohibits law enforcement agencies from stopping, detaining, or searching any motorist when the stop is motivated solely by considerations of the race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation of that individual.

Mission details
Alvin W. Penn Law, Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project

The Alvin W. Penn Law is the foundation of the prohibition project.

When the late state senator Alvin W. Penn of Bridgeport was racially profiled in 1996, he introduced the bill that would later be named the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act (Public Act 99-198). The law has since been strengthened the law to bring it further in line with national best practices.

About The Law
Kids playing. Our program has been replicated by Rhode Island, Oregon, & California.


The Racial Profiling Prohibition Project continues toward improving the relationship between law enforcement and the community. While the initial goal was to standardize data collection, it has evolved and now focuses on building public awareness and growing effective officer training programs and a rigorous complaint process.

Project Background
Father with child. Racial profiling is against the law. Know your rights.

Racial profiling is against the law - know your rights.

If you believe you have been stopped, detained or subject to search on the basis of your race, ethnicity/ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or membership in a protected class, please contact either the police agency of the officer who stopped you or the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).

About Your Rights