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Police reform monitors face new budget limits under Garland DOJ

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Police reform monitors to be bound by DOJ rules

The Justice Department will impose new limits on police reform monitors, it announced Monday.

The new restrictions – including budget caps, term limits and training requirements  – come as police officials have expressed concerns over monitor payments, which have risen to more than $1 million annually in some cities.

For years, the Justice Department had relied on so-called consent decrees to bring change to police departments accused of abuse, a practice that was all but abandoned during the Trump administration.

Attorney General Merrick Garland this year announced the revival of intervention in troubled police agencies, opening wide-ranging civil rights investigations in Minneapolis, Louisville and Phoenix.

While agencies have largely benefitted from the intervention, the actions often result in costly court-enforced reform agreements.

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