New Orleans’ condom conundrum

 

In New Orleans, the city hands out free condoms. At the same time, New Orleans police (and police in several other cities) say that merely carrying condoms is evidence of prostitution. Challenge: Count the number of bad policies at work here, and the number of ways in which those policies are bad.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."

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Radley Balko · February 21, 2014