Punishment Without Crime -- Alexandra Natapoff

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 Each year some 13 million people are charged with such relatively petty offenses as jaywalking, trespassing, not buckling seat-belts, and possession of small amounts of marijuana. Most of those convicted for misdemeanors are poor and/or people of color and their cases are decided in minutes, with most defendants appearing in court without a lawyer and pleading guilty. They then find themselves in a spiral of fines, revoked drivers’ licenses, lost jobs, and criminal records. In Punishment Without Crime, Alexandra Natapoff, a law professor at the University of California, provides a detailed analysis of this vast misdemeanor system and makes a compelling case for how unjust and flawed the system is. She urges a closer look at this sector of the criminal justice system and proposes a number of needed reforms.

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465093793
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Published: Basic Books - December 31st, 2018

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