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2012 Public Service

Philly Rap Sheet

The found poetry of true-crime writing, posts the latest arrests, from all over the city, every half hour. While the content is, on its face, “Just the facts, ma’am” reporting, the overall effect of seeing the daily arrest tally climb every 30 minutes, like HAMBURGERS SERVED, is an unsettling glimpse into just what our police and courts are drowning in. In fact, in the time it took to write this, the number of the day’s arrests kicked up from 69 to 87. Fire up the Bat-Signal!