Why arrest?

This short column summarizes a longer law review article focused on the police power of arrest, alternatives to arrest, and trends favoring citations, summonses, and decriminalization of minor offenses. It notes the problematic consequences that an arrest can have on the individual, family, and community but also acknowledges that “tickets, fines, fees and outstanding warrants for failure to appear can be as effective as arrests and convictions at reinforcing inequality.”

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2 Responses to “Why arrest?”

  1. jspndy Says:

    A related question is – why question suspects? – in the context of right to silence.

  2. Gunther Says:

    A related Question is why arrest someone when they invoke the right to remain silent? Or another question – why arrest someone when they refused to give you their name or driver’s license if they are in a state where state law says that you don’t have to give the police your name and driver’s license? Same thing about not answering their questions when the law says that you don’t have to answer them.

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