The analogy to the 1981 John Carpenter film Escape from New York is a limited one, for Manhattan in the fictional account, turned into one giant prison – set in what seems a now nostalgic 1997 – at least has law enforcement on the fringes. The real-life city of Seattle of 2020, on the other hand, is on the verge of ditching even that, going completely police-free, replacing them with community outreach groups, social justice committees, rehabilitation seminars, and no jail time.

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