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We cannot simply put the past behind us. The framework of transitional justice offers a promising path forward.
We need not wait for Congress or the Supreme Court to deny police officers qualified immunity when they violate constitutional rights. State attorneys general and city law departments can—and should—lead the charge themselves.
In order to achieve lasting change, we must focus on systemic problems across the criminal justice system. That includes holding prosecutors accountable, not just police.
Kate Levine, Joanna Schwartz
Police brutality is not isolated and exceptional. As Chicago’s decades-long history of police torture illustrates, it is built into the systemic nature of racial violence.
Reform efforts will fail. Only a power shift to communities can improve public safety.
The COVID-19 crisis creates a conflict not between individual rights and the community, but rather between individual rights themselves—including, above all, the right to health.
We face a surge of civil litigation in the wake of COVID-19—from eviction fights to loan disputes—but the system has languished in dire need of reform for decades.
States should release from prison far more than the very small percentage of low-level, nonviolent offenders they hold.
A doctor's case against COVID-19 abortion bans.
It’s easy to interpret the disorder of our COVID-19 response through the lens of unpreparedness or partisanship. But that misses the complex legal structure of emergency governance.
Robert L. Tsai
We must institute a method of electing a president that is sensitive to the votes of Americans everywhere.
Beneath Trump’s impeachment lurks a troubling complacency—among Democrats and Republicans alike—with the nature of U.S. imperial power.
How other countries’ constitutions protect against political free-for-alls.
Aziz Z. Huq, Tom Ginsburg, David Landau
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Joseph J. Fischel
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