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Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal

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A revelatory account of the misdemeanor machine that unjustly brands millions of Americans as criminals

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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Basic Books
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I often like to start the year reading something light and positive, but this year I did the opposite. Reading Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, I felt that I was reading something important, which I hope will get people thinking about ways to improve our misdemeanor system. As Alexandra Natapoff states:


Misdemeanors .....are the chump change of the criminal system. They are labeled “minor,” “low-level,” and “petty.” So
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Jonathan Blanks
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review will be in the forthcoming issue of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas”
David H Eil
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This valuable book sheds light on a neglected area of the criminal justice system: misdemeanors. Natapoff documents the large consequences that these seemingly innocuous charges can have, how carelessly the cases are often dealt with, and how difficult it is to even study the issue because of shoddy-to-non-existent record-keeping. The inattention to these charges leads to many innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit, and rampant class and race bias.
Chuck
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Another book full of important info everyone should read and probably won't.
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