Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America

Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America

A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis, and also offers a way out. 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. But in practice, it is prosecutors who have A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass...

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Title:Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America
Author:Emily Bazelon
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399590013
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America Reviews

  • Laura
    May 17, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

  • Katie
    May 28, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

  • Kelly
    Mar 31, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

  • Don
    Jul 13, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

    Watch Atty. Gen. Barr choose Trump rhetoric over the law For a second day in a row, Atty. Gen. William Barr proved that he is working for President Trump over U.S. Law. Lawrence asks, if Barr carries Trump?s water on the wall, what?s he doing with the Mueller report? Neal Katya...

    The subtitle fairly directly states what the book is about, and the book does shine light on the incredible power prosecutors wield in their local communities. Under the surface of Bazelon's writing is that any change to the goals of reducing mass incarceration must come from local com...

  • Sally Kenney
    Apr 16, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

  • Bettie
    Apr 11, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

    Watch Atty. Gen. Barr choose Trump rhetoric over the law For a second day in a row, Atty. Gen. William Barr proved that he is working for President Trump over U.S. Law. Lawrence asks, if Barr carries Trump?s water on the wall, what?s he doing with the Mueller report? Neal Katya...

  • Sophie Rayton
    Apr 26, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

  • Christina
    Feb 27, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

  • Christine
    Feb 10, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

  • Tonstant Weader
    May 15, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

  • Alexis
    Jun 27, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

  • Darcia Helle
    Mar 23, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

  • Serge
    Apr 29, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

  • Amanda
    May 27, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

  • Shelley
    Mar 01, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

  • Joe Kessler
    May 23, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

    Watch Atty. Gen. Barr choose Trump rhetoric over the law For a second day in a row, Atty. Gen. William Barr proved that he is working for President Trump over U.S. Law. Lawrence asks, if Barr carries Trump?s water on the wall, what?s he doing with the Mueller report? Neal Katya...

    The subtitle fairly directly states what the book is about, and the book does shine light on the incredible power prosecutors wield in their local communities. Under the surface of Bazelon's writing is that any change to the goals of reducing mass incarceration must come from local com...

    Bazelon was a recent speaker at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I didn't get into the city to see her, but her book title piqued my interest, and I'm very glad to have read it. I learned a lot about the injustices of our justice system, which allows prosecutors a huge amount of leewa...

    Overall a decent look at the shockingly wide latitude given to prosecutors in the American justice system. Journalist Emily Bazelon walks readers through how these figures are given great leeway in bringing and dropping criminal charges, yet are also shielded in many ways from punishme...

  • Sheri
    May 31, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

  • Audrey
    May 01, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

  • Ashley
    Apr 17, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

  • Gerry
    May 18, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

    Watch Atty. Gen. Barr choose Trump rhetoric over the law For a second day in a row, Atty. Gen. William Barr proved that he is working for President Trump over U.S. Law. Lawrence asks, if Barr carries Trump?s water on the wall, what?s he doing with the Mueller report? Neal Katya...

    The subtitle fairly directly states what the book is about, and the book does shine light on the incredible power prosecutors wield in their local communities. Under the surface of Bazelon's writing is that any change to the goals of reducing mass incarceration must come from local com...

    Bazelon was a recent speaker at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I didn't get into the city to see her, but her book title piqued my interest, and I'm very glad to have read it. I learned a lot about the injustices of our justice system, which allows prosecutors a huge amount of leewa...

  • Louis
    May 05, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

  • Kelly
    Jun 12, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

  • Paula DeBoard
    Apr 04, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

  • Lissa
    Feb 20, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

  • David Wineberg
    Jan 04, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

  • Sarah
    May 14, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

  • Christian Santos
    Apr 29, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

  • Will A
    Jun 06, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...

    A journey through the prosecutor's ever-expanding role in the criminal justice system from start to finish, with detours into discussion about the progressive prosecutor movement that's started in several states (including mine!). For most of the book, Bazelon follows two young people ...

    This book of investigative reporting looks at our judicial system and how the role of the prosecutor has increased over the years. Prosecutors have the power to withhold bail, increase charges and strong-arm defendants into plea deals. It is one of many problems within the U.S.'s crimi...

    Watch Atty. Gen. Barr choose Trump rhetoric over the law For a second day in a row, Atty. Gen. William Barr proved that he is working for President Trump over U.S. Law. Lawrence asks, if Barr carries Trump?s water on the wall, what?s he doing with the Mueller report? Neal Katya...

    The subtitle fairly directly states what the book is about, and the book does shine light on the incredible power prosecutors wield in their local communities. Under the surface of Bazelon's writing is that any change to the goals of reducing mass incarceration must come from local com...

    Bazelon was a recent speaker at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I didn't get into the city to see her, but her book title piqued my interest, and I'm very glad to have read it. I learned a lot about the injustices of our justice system, which allows prosecutors a huge amount of leewa...

    Overall a decent look at the shockingly wide latitude given to prosecutors in the American justice system. Journalist Emily Bazelon walks readers through how these figures are given great leeway in bringing and dropping criminal charges, yet are also shielded in many ways from punishme...

    Interesting points about the unfair advantages of prosecutors over defences, with an account of people and organizations promoting a different way of doing the job, somewhat smothered by accounts of two individuals' cases which were covered in more depth than the purpose of the book de...

  • Emilio III
    Jun 05, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

  • Johanna C.
    Jun 27, 2019

    Add CHARGED to your criminal justice reform reading list, along with The New Jim Crow and Just Mercy (... and what else? Comment with suggestions for me). There's a lot to unpack here, but Bazelon takes a look at a particular piece of a justice system that is leading to mass incarce...

    Americans like to think their criminal justice system is the fairest in the world, that innocents can?t be proven guilty because of all the constitutional protections in the system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Emily Bazelon found in Charged. Her latest book looks at t...

    Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley. The last time I did my civic duty of jury duty it was either the day after or day that Larry Krasner fired several lawyers for the DA?s office. It was an interesting day. I?m not sure why they didn?t just cancel us coming in. ...

    The American criminal justice system is a mess. This really is an indisputable fact. For nearly a half century we've been fighting a War on Drugs, which has only succeeded in putting more drugs on the streets. We run prisons for profit, filling them with young black males and people to...

    Bazelon does a great job of demonstrating the unchecked power of prosecutors in the American criminal justice system. She goes through the historical change that has led to mass incarceration and highlights the way that the DAs office can set a punitive culture that leads to long sente...

    Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing. I was surprised to see prosecutorial decisions, n...

    I know very little about the criminal justice system, and throughout, I found myself overwhelmed with how it does and does not work. Bazelon, though, explains these systems well and showcases how it is the system is set up and how Prosecutors have taken on an increasingly powerful role...

    It goes beyond adding a human voice to what so often gets labeled as ?criminal?. It shows the distinction between political-action and translation into layers of judicial bureaucracy. As an individual that works in the judicial branch of local government, Bazelon has opened my perc...

    A painfully important book. I had to go slowly with this because I couldn't handle the injustice for long stretches of time. Why do humans suck so much sometimes?! I'm glad this journalist is advocating for change and getting the message out there. ...

    This is a hard book to read, but a necessary one. Our system is broken and there's not much political will to fix it. People are going to continue to suffer injustice--all I can say is my hat's off to my public defense bar colleagues. You're doing the work of the angels. ...

    If you want to understand criminal justice in the US, and the need for reform, you need to understand the role of prosecutors and the way the system is rigged. In the early 1970s, the northeast, midwest, and western US had incarceration rates comparable to the Nordics. After that, they...

    If you could only read one book on criminal justice reform, this would be the one I'd recommend. (Maybe in conjunction with Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal and/or The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the ...

    Charged is a book about the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The author uses two separate cases to help illustrate her overall theme of criminal justice reform. Rather than look at the problem from a policy standpoint, author Emily Bazelon focuses on the role of the pros...

    A nonfiction book about overzealous prosecutors and how our current system of law (and how it's being interpreted, due to convention) ends up sending people to jail who are either innocent are guilty of crimes far more minor than the punishment assigned. The book highlights 2 case s...

    I didn?t give this book a rating because this is not a book to be liked or disliked in the way that so many of my summer reads will be. This book is absolutely necessary. How can we, as citizens, not pick up and read these books that delve into our social construct and try to underst...

    DNF. I made it through a bit over a third of this on audio. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get into it--I really like Emily Bazelon and I listen to her every week on Slate's Political Gabfest. I think the issues she draws attention to here are so important--including mass incarcerati...

    Emily Bazelon?s Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration is the story of an evolution in prosecutorial strategy, from seeking maximum time and the era of mandatory minimums, to using discretion to decide whether a given defendant?s alle...

    Compelling case for criminal justice reform This is the best book that I have read all year. Years ago, I read Sticks and Stones and thought that Bazelon was among the most gifted writers of her generation. This book does not disappoint. Searing and bracing accounts of preventable i...

    3.5 stars This is a timely and relevant read. Both Noura and Kevin were compelling people depicting the process and problems of the trial court system. I?m not sure who the target audience for this book is, whether it?s the lay person or the practitioner. It tries to do both an...

    Very interesting. It?s a bit simplified - by necessity, I believe. There are so many players in the criminal justice system and so many parts of the system that are broken. Some interesting ideas and points. It definitely made me think. ...

    Wish I could give it six stars. Reminds me of The Lost Children of Wilder. She mixes riveting personal stories with legal analysis and social science to make a compelling case for reform. ...

    Very persuasive argument on prosecutorial power and how the quickest path to ending mass incarceration is by changing the prosecutorial culture and limiting it's power. ...

    This book starts with a thesis: that the "unfettered power" of prosecutors is a problem that has played a significant role in mass incarceration. But the book goes on to present a completely different argument. The argument goes like this: much of criminal law is bad policy; it crimi...