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Criminal Justice

An innovative data storytelling project reveals the dirty secrets of LA policing

Kelly Lytle Hernandez’s work sheds new light on this moment in which the nation is confronting racism embedded in policing, mass incarceration, health and other systems. Through Million Dollar Hoods, an innovative data and storytelling project based on police booking reports, Hernandez and her team revealed that Los Angeles residents were most often arrested for health conditions related to poverty, addiction, and mental illness, not for violent activity. The problems that get people locked up must be addressed, she says, but not by policing.