The Magic of Jail for Young Ladies and Gents

When young people rioted in Jacksonville, FL, in the summer of 2020 to declare that black lives matter, it was like everywhere else—a cop was stabbed, a cruiser torched, the courthouse almost set alight. What happened next was not. Instead of trying to disperse the crowd, the cops tackled and arrested them—at once. The sixty-six detainees were shocked to discover that, unlike in Portland, Seattle, Washington and New York, they would not be given the canary copy of a Notice to Appear and released immediately in a blaze of publicity, but instead sent to jail.

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