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Summary: The number of Americans who live behind bars has increased by 550 percent over the last 40 years. This has been the result of aggressive tough-on-crime legislation that had more harmful effects than lawmakers could have foreseen. Experts now see the problem but disagree on the solutions. Does incarceration limit crime, or does it simply feed into a cycle of problems that harm society and create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Publishing, LLC 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 MAS

Beety, Valena E.

Summary: "From a former federal prosecutor turned champion of the wrongfully convicted, this powerful and profound book follows the stories of women reclaiming their freedom and creates a new blueprint for remaking our deeply flawed criminal legal system." -- Inside front jacket flap.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp. 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345.73 BEE

Dreisinger, Baz

Summary: "Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Other Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 DRE

Summary: How do wrongful convictions happen, and what are the consequences for the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent? Fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories, while another exoneree's case is explored. They detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Liveright Publishing Corporation 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.973 CAL

Spence, Gerry

Summary: "We all want to feel safe. But safe from what, and from whom? In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by covering up their own corrupt dealings, by the falsification or manufacture of evidence, or by the outright murder of innocent civilians, those individuals charged...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 363 SPE

Stevenson, Bryan

Summary: "In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Delacorte Press 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 340 STE

Summary: This hard-hitting and emotional series chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson, a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV LAW

Summary: This controversial documentary traces the often brutal history of criminal punishment from the medieval era through today. Early lithographs show in shocking detail the excessive punishments applied in pre-modern times for minor crimes. We see how more humane attitudes toward punishment led to the construction of prisons. Featured in this program is the CCI penitentiary in South Carolina....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Pfaff, John F.

Summary: "Pfaff argues that existing accounts of the causes of mass incarceration are fundamentally misguided. The most widely accepted explanations--the failed War on Drugs, draconian sentencing laws, an increasing reliance on private prisons--actually tell us much less than we like to think. Instead, Pfaff urges us to look at other factors, including a major shift in prosecutor behavior that occurred...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 PFA

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Summary: Set in 1990's Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston. Family, blood, betrayal, honor, corruption, all combine in this powerful series that's one-part gritty thriller and another intimate family drama.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV CIT

Summary: Set in 1990s Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV CIT

Summary: Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne begins making a film for Zachary, son of his oldest friend who was murdered by Zachary's mother. The film's focus shifts to Zachary's grandparents as they fight to win custody of Zachary from the woman who took their son's life.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Oscilloscope Pictures 2009

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC DEA

Brown, Julie K.

Summary: "Dauntless journalist Julie K. Brown recounts her uncompromising and risky investigation of Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex trafficking operation, and the explosive reporting for the Miami Herald that finally brought him to justice while exposing the powerful people and broken system that protected him"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Dey Street 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.3 BRO

Cordell, LaDoris H.

Summary: Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Cordell takes you...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Celadon Books 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 CORDELL, LADORIS H. COR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B CORDELL COR

Alexander, Michelle

Summary: Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2020

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 364.973 ALE

Senghor, Shaka

Summary: "In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. In life, it's not how you start that matters. It's how you finish. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit's east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Convergent Books 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SENGHOR, SHAKA SEN

Comey, James B.

Summary: "James Comey, former FBI Director and New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Loyalty, uses his long career in federal law enforcement to explore issues of justice and fairness in the US justice system. James Comey might best be known as the FBI director that Donald Trump fired in 2017, but he's had a long, varied career in the law and justice system. He knows better than most just what a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Flatiron Books 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 363.25 COM

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 363.2509 COM

Cruz, Ted

Summary: "The left has corrupted the U.S. legal system. Wielding the law as a weapon, arrogant judges and lawless prosecutors are intimidating, silencing, and even imprisoning Americans who stand in the way of their radical agenda. Their "enemies list" even includes parents who dare to speak up for their children at school board meetings. In this shocking new book, Senator Ted Cruz takes readers inside...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Regnery Publishing 2022

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 349.73 CRU

Tuerkheimer, Deborah

Summary: Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well-intentioned among us. We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches....

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Publisher / Publication Date: HarperCollins Publishers 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 363.25 TUE

Winston, Ali

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Summary: "Over the last 60 years, more has been done in Oakland to reform policing than any other American city-and yet, Oakland has failed to reign in the tendencies of its police to prey upon, rather than protect, its communities. Why is this, and what does it mean both for Oakland, and for America? THE RIDERS COME OUT AT NIGHT will be the first authoritative account of the Oakland Police Department's...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Atria Books 2023

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Shankar, Ravi

Summary: "The first time Ravi Shankar was arrested, he spoke out against racist policing on National Public Radio and successfully sued the city of New York. The second time, he was incarcerated when his promotion to full professor was finalized. During his ninety-day pretrial confinement at the Hartford Correctional Center -- a level 4, high-security urban jail in Connecticut -- he met men who shared...

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Publisher / Publication Date: The University of Wisconsin Press 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SHANKAR, RAVI SHA

Summary: The importance of guidance programs for prisoners can’t be overstressed—they help society as well as the individual reentering it. Following young people who have been discharged from Rikers Island Academy, this program focuses on the payoffs that come from educational and counseling services for those behind bars. A lively peer-to-peer class setting is featured, while the process of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: In Missouri, a different method of juvenile detention has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in orange jumpsuits and cell blocks for therapists and dorm rooms. This edition of Primetime spends a year with the hard-core offenders at Waverly Regional Youth Center and Rosa Parks Center to see how a combination of nurturing and discipline are transforming inmates into potentially...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: There are two sets of rules at Folsom Maximum Security Prison: the "guard rules" and the "yard rules." For an incoming inmate, negotiating the brutal yet invisible prison culture can be deadly. This program takes viewers inside Folsom to learn how the system works. From the severely regimented rules enforced by prison authorities to the unwritten codes that any inmate who wants to survive must...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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