The best criminal justice books
From The Marshall Project, here is their picks for the best criminal justice books of 2017.
The Chickenshit Club digs into prosecutorial underreach — the failure to prosecute bankers and other executives after the collapse of the housing bubble.
Interweaving on-the-ground reporting from Ferguson and Baltimore, stories from his Bronx childhood at the height of the crack epidemic, and diversions into U.S. history, journalist and cable news host Chris Hayes argues that we don’t have a single broken criminal justice system but “two distinct regimes”: a Nation and a Colony.
This remarkable book traces how racially based governmental housing policies led to the segregation of American cities….
Journalist David Grann spins an infuriating, true tale that’s almost stranger than fiction. He breathes urgent life into a century-old story about race, greed and the tragic transformation of the American West. This riveting puzzler charts the evolution of U.S. law enforcement, from small teams of frontier lawmen and private detectives to the early days of the FBI when J. Edgar Hoover was “boyish.”
But he makes a good case that the conventional view overlooks a main culprit: prosecutors, and the incentives that steer them toward maximum sentences.
Among her themes are the lawlessness with which this country treats the deaths of black people, as well as the ways in which going to visit a loved one in prison can be about proving that the person is even real. Most of all, Ward shows us that people who are addicted to drugs, violent, and imprisoned can be understood and spoken of in mythic, Faulknerian terms.
Friedman, a professor at New York University School of Law, looks at the many ways the Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” has been ignored or stretched in the name of public safety.
This book is essentially a 300-page riff on a single statistic: Roughly 1,000 Americans die each year at the hands of the police. Zimring, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Law School, points to several remarkable things about that number. First, it is about double the official counts by agencies of the Justice Department, an extraordinary margin of error for something so important.
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