Memo to Prosecutors: Listen to the People You Punish

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"Courtroom" oil painting by Philip Guston, 1970. Photo by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr

 While there are good constitutional reasons for barring prosecutors from speaking directly with defendants without their attorneys' permission,  it shouldn’t prevent them from trying to understand the lives and perspectives of those most affected by what they do, writes a former assistant district attorney . . .

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