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What was the "Due Process Revolution?"

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By the 1960s, it had become clear that due process was not being applied evenly in many communities across the United States. This was particularly the case when applied to African Americans. Throughout the decade, there were a number of race riots in nearly every major city, in response to police actions in which the lack of proper application of due process of African American suspects took place. Many suspects were being questioned without a lawyer present and without full knowledge of their constitutional rights.

In response to this, the Warren Court put forth a number of key decisions which expanded a citizen's rights to due process and limited law enforcement's power to question and detain suspects outside the bounds of the fourth, fifth, and fourteenth amendments. These decisions typically held local and state officials to the same standards as the federal government when it came to prosecuting crimes. As a result of the Supreme Court's decisions during this period, it became...

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