The Three Traps of Reform


Police Reform Works — For the Police

Decades of reform have built an agile, deadly force that pushes millions of people into the largest carceral system in the world

Stopping someone for walking in a “high-crime area”? Perfectly legal. Searching a car for drugs because the Black driver paused too long at a stop sign? Perfectly reasonable. As police commonly joke about racial profiling, “It never happens — and it works.”

Princeton African American Studies; Abolitionist Papers series editor, Haymarket Books; Author of The First Civil Right

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