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Police and Law Enforcement

Police and Law Enforcement news and analysis from The Nation

  • July 31, 2003

    The Drug War Goes Up in Smoke

    A budget crisis and a prison boom make the states a vanguard for drug reform.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • June 26, 2003

    Lost Innocents

    Every day, DNA testing overturns another man's rape or murder conviction.

    Katha Pollitt

  • June 20, 2003

    Buyer Beware

    Speaking at a conference this winter on Internet crime,'s director of law enforcement and compliance, Joseph Sullivan, offered law-enforcement officials extensive access to personal cust

    Jonah Engle

  • April 24, 2003

    The Public Is the Enemy

    On March 22, a few hundred peaceful antiwar protesters in Seattle who had gathered around the Federal Building suddenly found themselves being swept down streets by officers in riot gear and th

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • April 24, 2003

    Driving While Immigrant

    Emboldened by the "success" of its preventive war in Iraq, the Bush Administration appears to be expanding its preventive law-enforcement strategy at home.

    David Cole


  • January 30, 2003

    Concerning Pee-Wee, Townshend and Ritter

    The worse the state treats kids, the more the state's prosecutors chase after inoffensive "perverts" in the private sector who have committed the so-called crime of getting sexual kicks out of

    Alexander Cockburn

  • December 12, 2002

    Reasons for Doubt

    When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury, Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges, lawyers and witnesses.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • December 3, 2002

    Legal Victory for Airport Screeners

    A federal judge hands nine workers an unexpected victory in their battle against a law requiring citizenship for all airport screeners.

    Michael Flaherty

  • October 17, 2002

    Home on the Range

    There's a joke circulating on the Internet: A grandmother overhears her 5-year-old granddaughter playing "wedding." The wedding vows go like this: "You have the right to remain silent.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • May 16, 2002

    The Cops Are Watching You

    September 11 is being used as a reason to build up police intelligence units.

    Bob Dreyfuss