America is in the throes of overcriminalization: We are making and enforcing far too many criminal laws that create traps for the innocent but unwary and threaten to make criminals out of those who are doing their best to be respectable, law-abiding citizens. Key developments in criminal law and practice over the past few decades have raised troubling questions about the fAmerica is in the throes of overcriminalization: We are making and enforcing far too many criminal laws that create traps for the innocent but unwary and threaten to make criminals out of those who are doing their best to be respectable, law-abiding citizens. Key developments in criminal law and practice over the past few decades have raised troubling questions about the fairness of our criminal justice system as it affects the average American. It is time to confront these questions, analyze them, and subject them to serious, vigorous debate. One Nation Under Arrest highlights a major effort to return the criminal law to its traditional and proper role in society: to ensure public safety and protect the innocent. With first-hand stories from victims of overcriminalization, One Nation Under Arrest sheds light on an insidious problem that few recognize or care about but which is vital to the fundamental values of the Republic and our concept of justice. Overcriminalization should concern everyone in America, both as citizens and as potential accused. Much is at stake for our freedoms and the freedoms of future generations. Taking the steps necessary to ensure that American criminal law once again routinely exemplifies the right principles and purposes will require much work, but the alternative is to squander the great treasure that is the American criminal justice system....
|Title||:||One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, And Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty|
|Number of Pages||:||268 Pages|
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One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, And Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty Reviews
This book is a MUST-READ! It isn't a dystopic, "what-if-this-could-happen" kind of book, these are many court cases btw 1970-present day that the book reviews and points out where our justice system is failing and punishing and destroying the innocent by prosecuting them as criminal cases instead of civil/tort cases. If anthing we should err on the side of mercy, but zero-tolerance laws on school campuses got a girl prosecuted for having a butter-knife in her car, due to the ambiguity and overreaaching broad application of these laws. It wrecked her life and she ended up not going to college, although before it was her life-long dream. Rosenzwieg and collaborators also discuss how these problems can be corrected. It was a very interesting read and well-organized and engaging.
Well, Maybe 3.5 stars for the first part and 2 for the second part of the book. I think that the examples in the first part are something every American should know about--we really no longer live under the rule of law. We should understand this both to regulate our own behavior and also so we won't be too surprised when someone we know gets thrown in the poky for something like putting lobster tails in plastic bags (Oh, the horror!) But the second half of the book was truly dense reading. Actually, nothing in the book was particularly WELL written. Pity.
I like the examples in the first part better than the informational second part. The second part made me fell like I was back in law school reading a dumbed down text book. It does do a good job explaining the concepts of what made a crime a crime. I did enjoy reading through the suggested changes; too bad Congress doesn't have the sense or brains to enact some of the suggestions. Overall a good solid book that I enjoyed.