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Monitoring the Use of Electronic Monitoring

March 22, 2018 James Kilgore

The use of electronic monitoring has doubled in recent years. But nobody’s watching the watchers. New guidelines can help restore the rights of those under state surveillance.

Institutionalization Will Not Solve the U.S. Gun Problem

March 19, 2018 Judith Klein

In response to escalating calls for more gun control, some U.S. leaders have recommended institutionalizing more people with mental health problems instead. But that would be a terrible—and tragic—mistake.

How U.S. States and Cities Can Shore Up Civil Rights

March 19, 2018 Jill Habig

The federal government is abandoning its historical role in protecting citizens’ rights. It’s time to give state and local governments the support they’ll need to pick up the slack.