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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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Publishing, LLC 2018

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

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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2017

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

Suskind, Ron.

Summary: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of "The Price of Loyalty" and "The One Percent Doctrine" returns with an election year account of the looming national security crisis that America faces right now.

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Publisher / Publication Date: HarperCollins 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.931 SUS

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.

Format: text

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

1 hold on 1 copy

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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Lerner-Wren, Ginger

Summary: "The story of America's first Mental Health Court as told by its presiding judge, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren--from its inception in 1997 to its implementation in over 400 courts across the nation As a young lawyer, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren bore witness to the consequences of an underdeveloped mental health care infrastructure. Unable to do more than offer guidance, she watched families being torn...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345 LER

Hayes, Christopher

Summary: "An Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author argues that there are really two Americas--a Colony and a Nation,"--NoveList.

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Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Company 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364 HAY

Stevenson, Bryan

Contents: Introduction: Higher ground -- Mockingbird players -- Stand -- Trials and tribulation -- The old rugged cross -- Of the coming of John -- Surely doomed -- Justice denied -- All God's children -- I'm here -- Mitigation -- I'll fly away -- Mother, mother -- Recovery -- Cruel and unusual -- Broken -- The stonecatchers' song of sorrow -- Epilogue.

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Book Club Kit, Call number: Book Club Kit 345 Stevenson

Forman, James

Summary: "An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law. Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of color -- are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364 FOR

Hayes, Christopher

Summary: "America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure-- wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation-- reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first 'law and order' president." Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 364 HAY

Bharara, Preet

Summary: A former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York presents an overview of the American justice system, drawing on case histories and personal experiences to discuss why the rule of law is essential to U.S. society.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2019

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1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: Arrested for fatally beating an elderly widow, Barbara Graham at first goads the police, refusing to answer their questions. But when an alleged accomplice turns state's evidence, Graham insists that she is innocent. Condemned by the press and the public, Graham is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die in the gas chamber. With her execution date getting near, Graham desperately attempts...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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Alexander, Michelle.

14 holds on 4 copies

Summary: "As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New Press 2010

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Lichtblau, Eric.

Contents: This thing called the constitution -- Collateral damage -- Don't embarrass the bureau -- Threats, pronouncements, and the media wars -- Sworn to secrecy -- Blood on our hands -- High-level confirmation -- Swift-boated (round two) -- A loyal Bushie.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.931 LIC

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

Alexander, Michelle.

2 holds on 1 copy

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 2012

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Bernstein, Nell.

Summary: "When teenagers scuffle during a basketball game, they are typically benched. But when Will got into it on the court, he and his rival were sprayed in the face at close range by a chemical similar to Mace, denied a shower for twenty-four hours, and then locked in solitary confinement for a month. One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New Press, The 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365.42 BER
1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 BER

Edelman, Peter B.

Summary: As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: New Press 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 362.5 EDE

Kanefield, Teri

Summary: Offers an overview of crime and the American criminal justice system, using extensive examples of real cases to illustrate difficult questions about what is considered criminal and what punishment is appropriate for different types of crimes.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 364 KAN

Summary: This title addresses controversies related to America’s prisons including: What problems do America’s prisons face? Who is in America’s prisons? Are prisoners treated humanely? Do prison alternatives work?

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning 2016

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

Summary: An essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically-acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife's murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC O.J.

Lempert, Lora Bex

Summary: How do women mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces and grandmothers -- make sense of judgment to a lifetime behind bars? In Women Doing Life, Lora Bex Lempert examines the carceral experiences of women serving life sentences, presenting a typology of the ways that life-sentenced women grow and self-actualize, resist prison definitions, reflect on and own their criminal acts, and ultimately create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York University Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.4 LEM

Allen, Danielle S.

Summary: The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ALLEN, MICHAEL ALEXANDER ALL

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