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The American criminal-justice system writes Georgetown law professor David Cole has effectively become a two-tiered system with differing levels of regard depending on the race or class of a given citizen who comes into contact with it The thousands of African Americans who have been confronted by law-enforcement agents nationwide for fitting the description of alleged perpetrators would likely agree but according to Cole it isnt just the cops that operate this way judges prosecutors juries and legislators are equally at fault If the barrage of illustrative cases he presents in No Equal Justice paints a picture of an antidemocratic society his proposed solution making the criminal-justice system more community-based strengthening the relationships between citizens to stop crime before it starts holds out a promise of equality Critics may argue that such a plan is unrealistic but the problems he describes are all too real and deserve the attention No Equal Justice provides No Equal Justice makes a strong case that we have tolerated a law enforcement strategy that depends on the exploitation of race and class divisions A challenging multilayered analysis of how the disconnect between constitutional theory and legal practice has infected todays justice system This book is thorough well-written and persuasive Coles book is a well-argued passionate plea for an unabashedly liberal program to fight crime while honoring the constitutions protection of individual rights This is a book that needs to be read both by those who are interested in the relations between races in this country and those who think they are not It is a scholarly but easily readable and compelling description of the insidious effects of race in the administration of criminal justice in this country Poor people and people of color suffer systematic injustice and harassment at the hands of the criminal justice system David Cole articulates the ways in which each injustice compounds the effect of the next -- from police brutality and racial profiling on the
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