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JoEllen Ambrose: Hopefully, students will have a better appreciation for the Constitution and the tension that exists between mutual goals. I think it’s real easy for students to sit back and say, “Well, there’s crime in that neighborhood. That’s what they need to do.” Or they’ll say, “You know, guilty people don’t really need to have rights because they’re guilty. And so therefore . . . .” But the process is everything. How can we teach citizens to appreciate a process that says we have to still protect individual rights? I hope that they see some of that complexity and some of those dynamics.


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