What happens when public prosecutors, the most powerful officials in the criminal justice system, seek convictions instead of justice? Why are cases involving well-to-do victims often prosecuted more vigorously than those involving poor victims? Why do wealthy defendants frequently enjoy more lenient plea bargains than the disadvantaged? In this eye-opening work, Angela J. Davis shines a much-needed light on the power of American prosecutors, revealing how the day-to-day practice of even the most well-intentioned prosecutors can result in unequal treatment of defendants and victims. Ranging from mandatory minimum sentencing laws that enhance prosecutorial control over the outcome of cases, to the increasing politicization of the office, Davis uses powerful stories of individuals caught in the system to demonstrate how the perfectly legal exercise of prosecutorial discretion can result in gross inequities in criminal justice. For the paperback edition, Davis provides a new Afterword which covers such recent incidents of prosecutorial abuse as the Jena Six case, the Duke lacrosse case, the Department of Justice firings, and more.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is now 2015. A light is being shown on our Judicial System, Law Enforcement and various agencies which assist in investigating, analyzing evidence or giving trial testimony. This book like many before it did not find favor with readers. Those readers find it is unbelievable, unacceptable our Prosecutors and investigators would knowingly send and innocent person to jail. Would deliberately tamper with or hide evidence of innocence, manipulate or coheres witnesses into false statements and in many cases do the same to the accused to get a confession. As of 2012 400 men and women are being exonerated. They were sent to prison for crimes they were innocent of by just one Prosecuting Attorney. Numbers like that are impossible to not take seriously. In 2015 Kirk Odom would finally and completely be exonerated of rape and robbery after spending 22 yrs in Prison and 9 yrs on parole as a registered sex offender. It would take approx 5 yrs to get the Prosecuting Attorneys Office to comply with releasing files and evidence. One year after Odom is sentenced the real criminal would be caught and convicted with some of the same evidence and case files used to convict Odom. However, the Prosecutor's Office allowed Odom to remain in prison wearing the label of rapist where he would contract HIV due to years of being raped himself. You cannot attempt to fix something until you acknowledge it is broken. If you are one of the fortunate who were never in this situation then in order to learn of the breaks, books like this will show where the problems lie and who and what caused the breaks.
An uber liberal rant from a woman whose contact wuth the system was as a defendant. Deseves no stars.