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The collapse of American criminal justice

Author: William J Stuntz
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
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"The rule of law has vanished in America's criminal justice system. Prosecutors now decide whom to punish and how severely. Almost no one accused of a crime will ever face a jury. Inconsistent policing, rampant plea bargaining, overcrowded courtrooms, and ever more draconian sentencing have produced a gigantic prison population, with black citizens the primary defendants and victims of crime. In this passionately  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Stuntz
ISBN: 9780674051751 0674051750
OCLC Number: 798887940
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Law/Legal Studies) 2011
Description: viii, 413 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the rule of too much law --
Crime and punishment --
Two migrations --
"The wolf by the ear" --
The past --
Ideals and institutions --
The Fourteenth Amendment's failed promise --
Criminal justice in the gilded age --
A culture war and its aftermath --
Constitutional law's rise : three roads not taken --
Earl Warren's errors --
The rise and fall of crime, the fall and rise of criminal punishment --
The future --
Fixing a broken system --
Epilogue : taming the wolf --
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The Collapse of American Criminal Justice [is] a blistering critique of the "arbitrary, discriminatory, and punitive beast" that our nation's criminal justice system has become...Stuntz, who passed Read more...

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