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Punishment without crime : how our massive misdemeanor system traps the innocent and makes America more unequal

Author: Alexandra Natapoff
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Punishment Without Crime offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Based on extensive original research, legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a massive petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases each year. People arrested for minor crimes are swept through courts where
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Natapoff
ISBN: 9780465093793 0465093795
OCLC Number: 1030760235
Description: vii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Impact --
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Innocence --
Money --
Race --
History --
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Change.
Other Titles: How our massive misdemeanor system traps the innocent and makes America more unequal
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