America's insane problem with counting prisoners

The deep racism of the criminal justice system has gotten more attention over the last year than anytime since the 1960s. This is a long-overdue development, but it is hampered by an epistemological problem: We know the system is racist, but don't have a clear picture of how it operates.

Put simply, the existing data on America's prisons, courts, and police are terrible. Beefing up existing surveys and measurements, as well as adding a few new ones, is a project that everyone left or right...

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