We are two Wall Street Journal reporters investigating the rising rate of arrests in the U.S. and what it means for people’s ability to get jobs, housing, access to due process and other consequences. Ask us anything!
Short introduction: We are Wall Street Journal reporters who have been investigating an important consequence of the decades-long war on crime: In the past 20 years, our reporting found, authorities have made more than a quarter billion arrests. About 80 million individuals – nearly 1 in every 3 adults - have a criminal record on file with the FBI. The impact of this has been huge, affecting people’s ability to get jobs, housing, admission to college, and loans, to name just some of the repercussions. For many adults, their criminal records were being created in courts that often failed to provide due-process rights guaranteed by the Constitution, including the right to have a defense attorney. The failure to ensure such rights raised questions about whether people were being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Here is a link to our stories: http://on.wsj.com/1wnhqYX
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