David Harris Talks to NPR about Costs of Court-ordered Changes for Arizona Sheriff's Department
Professor David Harris told National Public Radio's Fronteras Project about the costs of court-ordered changes for the Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona Sheriff's Department. Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his agency were found liable for multiple forms of discrimination in law enforcement against Latinos, and the court-ordered remedies, including the appointment of an independent monitor and large-scale structural reforms, will cost over twenty million dollars. Arpaio and his allies have complained, but Professor Harris says the cost is the direct result of years of unchecked bad behavior by the Sheriff's Department; the upside is that the prescribed changes could remake the Department into a much better and more effective organization.
The Fronteras Project produces stories on the changing face of the nation as seen in the American Southwest. Read the full story or listen to the audio clip here.