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South L.A.’s Confederate Memorial

The struggle over slavery was not confined to the South, L.A. has a Confederate memorial problem too Dwarfed by the tombs of celebrities and socialites, a cluster of graves in the Hollywood Forever … [Read More...]

Early California Lawmakers Also Preached #resistance — But Against Immigration

When it became law 150 years ago in July 1868, the 14th Amendment was as controversial as it was transformative. Over night, the amendment turned 4 million former slaves into citizens and, just as … [Read More...]

Direct File of Youth to Adult Court: Gone and Unlamented as Youth Arrests Fall to All-Time Low in 2017

California voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 57, which (among other reforms) abolished the power of prosecutors to “direct file” youth into adult criminal court at district attorneys’ sole … [Read More...]

Private Prison Industry, Explained

When did prisons become private? What is now a $5 billion industry began at the state level. The first private prison opened in Tennessee in 1984, operated by a company known today as CoreCivic. It … [Read More...]

Ankle Monitors Aren’t Humane, They’re Just Another Kind of Jail

Ankle Monitors are trending these days: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort are under the electronic tether, and last month, in the wake of outrage over … [Read More...]

How Trump Radicalized ICE

Settling into a sense of safety is hard when your life’s catalog of memories teaches you the opposite lesson. Imagine: You fled from a government militia intent on murdering you; swam across a river … [Read More...]

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