Charged: the new movement to transform American prosecution and end mass incarceration

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"A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis, and also offers a way out. The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. But in fact, it is prosecutors who have the upper hand, in a contest that is far from equal. More than anyone else, prosecutors decide who goes free and who goes to prison, and even who lives and who dies. The system wasn't designed for this kind of unchecked power, and in Charged, Emily Bazelon shows that it is an underreported cause of enormous injustice--and the missing piece in the mass incarceration puzzle. But that's only half the story. Prosecution in America is at a crossroads. The power of prosecutors makes them the actors in the system--the only actors--who can fix what's broken without changing a single law. They can end mass incarceration, protect against coercive plea bargains and convicting the innocent, and tackle racial bias. And because in almost every state we, the people, elect prosecutors, it is within our power to reshape the choices they make. In the last few years, for the first time in American history, a wave of reform-minded prosecutors has taken office in major cities throughout the country. Bazelon follows them, showing the difference they make for people caught in the system and how they are coming together as a new kind of lobby for justice and mercy. In Charged, Emily Bazelon mounts a major critique of the American criminal justice system--and charts the movement for change"--
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subject_facetCriminal justice, Administration of -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Imprisonment -- United States
Prosecution -- United States -- Decision making
Prosecutorial misconduct -- United States
Public prosecutors -- United States
Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- United States
title_displayCharged : the new movement to transform American prosecution and end mass incarceration
title_fullCharged : the new movement to transform American prosecution and end mass incarceration / Emily Bazelon
Charged The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
title_shortCharged
title_subthe new movement to transform American prosecution and end mass incarceration
topic_facetCorrupt practices
Criminal justice, Administration of
Decision making
Imprisonment
Law
Nonfiction
Politics
Prosecution
Prosecutorial misconduct
Public prosecutors
Sentences (Criminal procedure)
Sociology