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The misdemeanor system is four times the size of the felony system. With so many gradations of minor crimes—many involving fines in a very informal process—prejudice and inequality shapes prosecution.
Brandon L. Garrett
Public safety is precisely why sanctuary cities are a good idea.
A historian uncovered an archive of massacre at Attica—only to have the records disappear.
Throughout the twentieth century, bipartisan consensus was that black youth were latent criminals in need of abundant policing.
Kelly Lytle Hernández
A Massachusetts high court ruling acknowledges that black men aren’t wrong for wanting to run from police.
Undocumented immigrants face horrible conditions in U.S. detention, with little legal recourse.
The DOJ says it will stop using private prisons. The truth is more complicated.
Debt still sends many people—especially black people—to jail.
Images of police violence against African Americans have a radical heritage.
After fourteen years, Mohamedou Ould Slahi may finally have a chance at freedom.
Henry Ace Knight
Rapists should be held accountable. But is more incarceration the best way?
Edward Snowden’s actions can be justified, but not as civil disobedience.
White supremacy and the birth of the modern Democratic Party.
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Robert L. Tsai
Kevin P. Donovan, Emma Park
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