The U.S. Department of Justice can respond to allegations of police misconduct by initiating formal investigations, pressuring departments to make voluntary changes, and, if necessary, filing lawsuits. Consent Decrees are settlements between local police departments and the DOJ and are often monitored by a third party to ensure compliance.
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Update frequency Consent decrees are relatively infrequent and will be added to the site by Thurgood Marshall Institute staff on an ad hoc basis as we become aware of them.