Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of Amerikan Lawyerz

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Commentary by Alec Karakatsanis

128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 253

It did not surprise me that almost every child in the D.C. public high school class raised a hand when I asked if any of them had been stopped and searched by the police. When I told them that being stopped without reasonable suspicion that they were committing a crime is a violation of the United States Constitution, one of the students corrected me: “No, you don’t understand, these are the Jumpouts,1×1. The term “jumpout” is slang in the D.C. area for infamous squads of armed police officers who conduct surprise “stop-and-frisk” maneuvers. See Nicole Flatow, If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs, ThinkProgress (Dec. 11, 2014, 11:00 AM), http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/10/3468340/jump-outs [http://perma.cc/F374-VL8L].Show More not the police. They’re allowed to do that.” I’m used to people laughing in disbelief when…

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