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Bizarre restrictions are levied against people on the sex offense registry on Halloween. But do they actually make children safer or simply reveal what we fear?
During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state.
Our best writing from our archives on why torture is not the same thing as interrogation.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
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
Before the mass adoption of the car, most communities barely had a police force and citizens shared responsibility for enforcing laws. Then the car changed everything.
Sarah A. Seo
Our problem is that we keep producing killers.
It's not just celebrity moms — middle-class families are guilty too.
In the 1990s, Puerto Rico showed Washington how militarized policing and privatization can extract profits from poor people of color.
The Innocence Movement faces a perverse rhetorical puzzle: righting the isolated wrongful conviction only reinforces public faith in the system as a whole.
The Mass Bail Out at Rikers Island shows that freedom is a critical part of public safety.
Surveying incarceration: from Attica to Appalachia and prison profiteering to “poverty penalties.”
In the era of digital neighborhoods, social networks embolden a new kind of racial surveillance.
Clarence Harlan Orsi
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