When someone is accused of a crime, the government uses its overwhelming power to prosecute the accused. Often, this prosecution attempts to give that person a permanent criminal record or to deprive them of their liberty and lock them in a cage. In New York City, the government has the NYPD at its disposal. If this department were its own army, it would be the twentieth best-funded army in the world, ahead of North Korea. In addition to this police force, the government has access to a battery of prosecutors, experts, forensic scientists, and bureaucrats in their mission to punish mostly indigent people with no means.
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