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"Houppert’s narratives of crimes, investigations, and court proceedings are careful and engrossing, and she has an excellent command of the relevant data, which she intersperses among interviews and case histories to great effect."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"Highly recommended. Fluent and fluid, Houppert’s book has all the urgency this subject demands and is a page-turner. Alternately thrilling and gut-riling, this book will grab and hold lovers of great nonfiction."
"A well-researched and -written investigation that shows the inadequacies in stark human terms rather than an abstraction."
Posted June 3, 2013
We'd like to believe that justice is blind, but unfortunately that isn't quite the case for those too poor to afford good defense attorneys. Ms. Houppert does a great job outlining the perfect storm created by budget cuts, indifferent public, and overworked public defenders and how it disproportionately affects the poor. Seamlessly weaving historical facts - tracing all the way back to Clarence Earl Gideon, whose case started the public defender system - with individual cases, she makes a good case for the need to reform the public defense system as it stands today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.