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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Local Police Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Nickie Phillips

In this episode, we interview Dr. Chris Ortiz about why police and criminal justice policy experts believe that the local enforcement of federal immigration laws represents poor policy.


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