The Juice Box

By Galya Gerstman. The other day my friend Mark and I were discussing his theory of how you can judge the level of a country’s “civilization” by how trustworthy you perceive their police force to be.
We were lamenting that we no longer felt that way about the police in the United States, and I had told him about a documentary I had seen on the criminal justice system, from which I had learned that many prisons in the U.S. were privately owned and held contracts with the state and local government which had to fulfill quotas of prisoners.
Therefore their police departments were made to understand that they had to make a certain amount of arrests in order to fulfill these quotas, and would pull people

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