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

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

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

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Title:Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
Author:Alexandra Natapoff
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0465093795
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Karla
    Feb 05, 2019
    An interesting look at our misdemeanor system: the huge consequences that minor offenses can have, the way the system is set up to pay for itself, the casual way the justice system metes out punishment. ...
  • Adam
    Feb 17, 2019
    This is required reading. Natapoff does an impeccable job of balancing policy details, philosophical underpinnings, and recommendations for structural changes necessary in our criminal justice system. Ultimately, when we think about the misdemeanor system it's important to grap...
  • Heidi
    Jan 30, 2019
    Overall: Depressing but necessary. If you've ever gone to court for a traffic ticket and seen the difference between how a judge handles that case and the trial you see on tv, you begin to see what Natapoff is writing about. The many small and petty infractions that can barely be c...
  • William
    Feb 17, 2019
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  • Frances
    Feb 11, 2019
    An important book about a topic I'd not realized was in such need of focus in addition to mass incarceration. Absolutely concerning. Definitely read this book. ...
  • Alan
    Jun 03, 2019
    This is a really important book about an issue, that quite frankly, I knew very little about. There's clearly a racially/ethnically biased industry in the U.S. whereby misdemeanor infractions are revenue sources for some municipalities. Further, once the cycle starts with a small infra...
  • Benjamin
    Feb 01, 2019
    An author with profound respect for the social purposes of criminal justice, a clear and expressive voice, and a deep knowledge--personal and researched-- of the excesses of our misdemeanor system fairly and carefully convicts the US misdemeanor system for its provable faults. Anyb...
  • Wendi
    Jun 20, 2019
    At times repetitive, but a powerful read. ...
  • Tad
    Feb 28, 2019
    If you are looking for something light and positive, this is definitely not the right book for that. This is a very thorough and detailed look at the misdemeanor system and all the ways it unfairly traps people in a system of poverty and inequality. At times, it felt a bit too thorough...
  • Amanda
    Apr 06, 2019
    This isn?t anything you don?t already know (or I don?t already know, but I am a public defender), just drilled down to focus on the lowest-level offenses, where the vast majority of people actually have their interactions with the criminal justice system. Definitely worth the rea...
  • Booknblues
    Dec 23, 2018
    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 wil...
  • Holly Pablo Monasterial
    Feb 26, 2019
    This book is so important. Our criminal justice system is more broken than I imagined. ...
  • Josh
    Mar 02, 2019
    This is a very difficult read. Natapoff does a great job of breaking down the issues for a mainstream audience, but it is harrowing to read of the ridiculous misdemeanors for which people have been arrested and had their lives turned completely upside down. What's more discouraging is ...
  • Jessica
    Jun 22, 2019
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  • Chuck
    Jan 20, 2019
    4.25 stars Another book full of important info everyone should read and probably won't. ...
  • Savanah
    Feb 27, 2019
    Wonderful book about the issues facing our criminal justice system. Another great companion to a book like Locked in or New Jim Crow, but with a focus on the misdemeanor side of the criminal justice system, an often overlooked, but ever-important piece of our broken system. The book wa...
  • George Lichman
    Feb 15, 2019
    The book addressed many very pressing issues in the misdemeanor system that need immediate attention: excessive fees, lack of adequate resources?especially defense counsel?privatization of jails and probation services, misdemeanors as revenue for local governments, rewarding police...
  • Dan Downing
    Apr 23, 2019
    Misdemeanor: Over 13,000,000 (thirteen million) cases per year according to the data gathered by Professor Natapoff. Besides being an academic, she has street cred, having been a public defender in Baltimore, of all places. For anyone wanting a graphic understanding of Baltimore, I rec...
  • Jonathan Blanks
    Jan 13, 2019
    Full review is in the Spring 2019 edition of ?Democracy: A Journal of Ideas? https://democracyjournal.org/magazine... ...
  • Nancy Mills
    Jun 26, 2019
    This book will make you mad. With the ubiquity of smart phones, social media, dash cams and body cams, many Americans were shocked to discover that police do abuse their power, often to the point of injustice and occasionally to the point of outright murder. Move on up to the courts, w...
  • Joni Jameson
    Jun 30, 2019
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  • John Meagher
    Apr 07, 2019
    This book will probably piss you off when you learn about all the petty things that people have been locked in a cage for. The immense complexity of the legal system means that anyone without the finances to navigate their way out of this mess becomes tangled up and pulled back down by...
  • Senshin
    Jan 08, 2019
    I highly recommend and will read again! ...
  • Sam Pullen
    May 30, 2019
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  • Marie
    Apr 06, 2019
    "13 million misdemeanors make up 80 percent of the nation's criminal dockets." 'In twenty five states speeding is a misdemeanor." "Misdemeanors also include loitering, spitting, jaywalking and traffic violations." "The poor are unable to pay fines and fees." "Convictions ar...
  • David H Eil
    Jan 13, 2019
    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 bec...
  • Kristin Flary
    Jul 06, 2019
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  • Mike B
    May 23, 2019
    Great book that really explains the misdemeanor system and the flaws in it! ...
  • Kevin Walsh
    Jun 28, 2019
    This should be mandatory reading for everyone; it's well-researched and eye opening. There are flaws with our misdemeanor system that trap some people in a downward cycle they can't escape. Hopefully it will spur us all to action. Essential. ...
  • Keith Wheeles
    Jun 22, 2019
    Thorough, well-written exploration of the role of misdemeanors in America. Insightful analysis. So much room for improvement, gives hope. ...