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Charged

The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
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A renowned journalist and legal commentator exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis - and charts a way out.

“An important, thoughtful, and thorough examination of criminal justice in America that speaks directly to how we reduce mass incarceration.” (Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy)

“This harrowing, often enraging book is a hopeful one, as well, profiling innovative new approaches and the frontline advocates who champion them.” (Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted)

The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. That image of the law does not match the reality in the courtroom, however. Much of the time, it is prosecutors more than judges who control the outcome of a case, from choosing the charge to setting bail to determining the plea bargain. They often decide who goes free and who goes to prison, even who lives and who dies. In Charged, Emily Bazelon reveals how this kind of unchecked power is the underreported cause of enormous injustice - and the missing piece in the mass-incarceration puzzle.

Charged follows the story of two young people caught up in the criminal justice system: Kevin, a 20-year-old in Brooklyn who picked up his friend’s gun as the cops burst in and was charged with a serious violent felony, and Noura, a teenage girl in Memphis indicted for the murder of her mother. Bazelon tracks both cases - from arrest and charging to trial and sentencing - and with her trademark blend of deeply reported narrative, legal analysis, and investigative journalism illustrates just how criminal prosecutions can go wrong and, more important, why they don’t have to.

Bazelon also details the second chances they prosecutors can extend, if they choose, to Kevin and Noura and so many others. She follows a wave of reform-minded DAs who have been elected in some of our biggest cities, as well as in rural areas in every region of the country, put in office to do nothing less than reinvent how their job is done. If they succeed, they can point the country toward a different and profoundly better future.

“Bazelon, cogent and clear-eyed as ever, lays out a welcome double-barreled argument: A prosecutorial shift toward mercy and fairness is crucial to healing our busted criminal justice system, and it’s already happening.” (Sarah Koenig, host of Serial)

©2019 Emily Bazelon (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“An insightful, highly readable examination of local prosecutors - who they are, what they do, and how they do it.... At a moment when electing progressive prosecutors has become a cornerstone of the movement against mass incarceration, this book offers reasons for both caution and hope.” (James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Locking Up Our Own)

“Emily Bazelon brings urgent issues of criminal justice to life by telling the gripping stories of real people in a way that few writers can do. Charged is that rare page-turner - as deeply researched as its complex subject of criminal prosecution requires, as dramatic as the American dilemma of mass incarceration demands, and as practical as our hunger for bipartisan solutions to politically intractable problems calls for.” (Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and professor of constitutional law, Harvard Law School) 

“For years, Emily Bazelon has been exposing the incessant horror of the American criminal justice system with excruciating clarity. Now, in Charged, she walks the reader through the steps of a criminal case, untangling our impenetrable and complex system and providing crucial context for understanding the depths of the problem. Touching, unnerving, and at times infuriating, Charged is for novices and experts alike - a book for anyone concerned about those suffering from injustice, and outraged by those perpetuating it.” (Josie Duffy Rice, cohost of the Justice in America podcast and senior strategist at The Justice Collaborative) 

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  • L. H. Arnold
  • 13/05/2019

For any fan of wrongful conviction podcasts

This is a deep dive, long form journalism type of book about the recent movement for reform in district attorney's offices across the US. Bazelon effectively humanizes the content by following the cases and outcomes of two young people from very different backgrounds caught up in the system. The outcomes of both may surprise you. This was never boring and did not seem to be overly biased, and was definitely well researched. I'm interested now to read further on the subject of justice reform and to see how I can support it as an average voter and citizen that does not work within the legal system.

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  • Edward Jimenez
  • 13/05/2019

Eyes Wide Opened

Opened my eyes to what I already suspected but was unsure about, concerning the state of our court, bail, and prison systems. I believe we have to strike a balance between law and order and rights for the accused. Also limits to the power of prosecutors.

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  • Suleman
  • 25/04/2019

MUST read for social justice

Bazelon artfully weaves the stories of the people she writes about with real policy ideas and solutions. While difficult to hear about, the dysfunction in our criminal justice system is laid bare in this book but also offers hope. It is an inspiration.

I was less thrilled with the reading, but got used to it as it went on.

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  • myurko
  • 24/04/2019

Lucid, informative, tragic, hopeful, page-turner

This is best book I've read in well over a year, on an incredibly important topic.

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  • Ronald Thompson
  • 15/04/2019

So Incredibly Important!!!

If you're curious about the thinking and the policies that brought us mass incarceration and ways to think about alternatives, I urge you to read this book!