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...
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    Jan 23, 2019
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    Feb 13, 2019
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    Feb 17, 2019
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    Feb 16, 2019
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    Dec 29, 2018
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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. ...
  • 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...
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    Feb 10, 2019
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  • 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...
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    Feb 16, 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Carlos
    Jan 25, 2019
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    Jan 14, 2019
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  • Jonathan Blanks
    Jan 13, 2019
    Full review will be in the forthcoming issue of ?Democracy: A Journal of Ideas? ...
  • Faiz
    Jan 26, 2019
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    Feb 17, 2019
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    Feb 18, 2019
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    Jan 25, 2019
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  • Senshin
    Jan 08, 2019
    I highly recommend and will read again! ...
  • Mary
    Jan 27, 2019
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  • 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...
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    Feb 08, 2019
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    Jan 03, 2019
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    Jan 28, 2019
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    Feb 19, 2019
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    Feb 02, 2019
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