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"Despite the tragic decline of jury trials in the past decades, serving on a jury remains the ordinary citizen’s most intimate connection to the system of justice, imbuing the process with popular legitimacy. In this invaluable new work, James Binnall makes a highly persuasive case that the exclusion of 'people with convictions' from this vital process is needlessly punitive, robbing the justice system of a huge number of potential resources and undermining the rehabilitative process."—Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast "An ex-felon juror? Attorney and social scientist (and ex-felon) James Binnall provides an elegantly written, carefully balanced, and stunningly persuasive analysis, making the case for the ex-felon juror. Using experimental and survey evidence, he shows how this large group of ex-felon citizens can contribute in the jury box and to the justice system."—Shari Seidman Diamond, Northwestern University and the American Bar Foundation “Plea deals may dominate the docket, but the jury trial still holds center stage in the American criminal-justice ritual. With careful legal analysis, clever and rigorous experiments, and the courage to tell his own story, James Binnall makes the case against the blanket exclusion of people with conviction records from jury eligibility. A fascinating read and a vital addition to the literature on American collateral sanctions.”—Alec Ewald, editor of Criminal Disenfranchisement in an International Perspective "In an age of mass incarceration, Binnall addresses a timely and critical question: Should convicted felons serve as jurors? In this carefully researched and well-reasoned book, Binnall makes a strong case for ending the common practice of excluding convicted felons from jury service. This is groundbreaking work!"—Nancy S. Marder, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law "Binnall’s creative studies show that felon-jurors can teach others and improve deliberations—precisely the accomplishment of this wonderful book. Binnall offers incredibly readable accounts of the history of jury participation and theories of recidivism, character, and democracy. His rigorous data show, once again, that all people are far more than their worst mistakes."—Mary R. Rose, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
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|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
James M. Binnall is an attorney and Associate Professor of Law, Criminology, and Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach.