April 17, 2019 7:30 pm
Renowned journalist and legal commentator Emily Bazelon joins us at Greenlight to present her new book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, which exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out. Charged follows the story of two young people caught up in the criminal justice system: Kevin, a twenty-year-old in Brooklyn who picked up his friend’s gun as the cops burst in and was charged with a serious violent felony, and Noura, a teenage girl in Memphis indicted for the murder of her mother. Bazelon tracks both cases, exploring every phase of the criminal justice process—from arrest and charging to trial and sentencing—and, with her trademark blend of deeply reported narrative, legal analysis, and investigative journalism, illustrates just how criminal prosecutions can go wrong and, more important, why they don’t have to. Bazelon discusses her book with lawyer, journalist, and essayist Josie Duffy Rice, senior reporter for The Appeal, an online criminal justice publication, which co-hosts tonight’s event.
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