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What Does It Mean to Abolish ICE?

Julianne Hing The Nation
Activists and politicians want a total overhaul of immigration enforcement—but do we have a real plan?

Why There Are So Many Bad Sheriffs

Alan Greenblatt Governing
In a job with tons of power and practically no oversight from voters, law enforcement or politicians, corruption can be easy to get away with.


Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy The American Scholar
This new book highlights the technology at the heart of what reviewer Jill Leovy calls "surveillance-driven policing," and the heightened dangers this new set of law enforcement tools pose to democracy.

Chicago Does Little to Control Police Misconduct - or Its Costs

Jonah Newman Chicago Reporter
“There’s clearly a different Constitution being employed in poor neighborhoods where most of the people are black and brown than in our white neighborhoods, On an absolute regular basis police are stopping and searching people of color in this city with no legal justification to do it.”
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