The Blind Goddess : A Reader on Race and Justice
Overview - Blind Goddess brings together the most significant writings of practitioners, professors, and advocates to make sense of what is perhaps the nation's most astonishing and shameful achievement: the highest per capita incarceration of its citizens anywhere in the world, compounded by the shockingly disproportionate imprisonment of poor people of color. Read more...
More About The Blind Goddess by Alexander Papachristou
brings together the most significant writings of practitioners, professors, and advocates to make sense of what is perhaps the nation's most astonishing and shameful achievement: the highest per capita incarceration of its citizens anywhere in the world, compounded by the shockingly disproportionate imprisonment of poor people of color. Although there is growing awareness of the huge fiscal cost of mass incarceration, the moral, human, and social devastation of racially skewed law enforcement remains largely unrecognized.
The experts and scholars in this collection elucidate the impact of race on each stage of the criminal process, from policing and prosecuting to jury selection, sentencing, prison conditions, and opportunities to reenter society. Including selections from critically acclaimed New Press books such as The New Jim Crow
, Let's Get Free
, and Race to Incarcerate
, alongside passages from other leading contemporary works, from Amy Bach's Ordinary Injustice
to Robert Perkinson's Texas Tough
, Blind Goddess
provides easy access to a wealth of cutting-edge analyses and solutions.
An essential volume for the general reader, Blind Goddess
is also an ideal reality-check for students of criminal law.
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Papachristou’s splendid collection of essays on the “severe racial skewering” of justice sheds light on the implications of America leading the world in per-capita inmate populations—and that “more black Americans are incarcerated than ever were enslaved at one time.” The anthology leads the reader through the several stages of the criminal justice system: who gets arrested; how police, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and juries really work; what sentencing practices are; how prisons operate; what “collateral consequences” in the family and broad community are, as “the punishment never stops.” Papachristou is broadly inclusive in his selection of scholarly paper, advocacy report, op-ed essay, blog, and excerpts from the most recent books mingle in this comprehensive gathering, buttressed by statistics and given historical and legal contexts. Racial profiling in New Jersey, stop and frisk in New York City, victimization by the war on drugs, peremptory strikes excluding African-American from juries, “death penalty politics,” disenfranchisement—it’s all here and more. Even as voice, tone, and focus vary, the collection has the coherence of a single narrative that’s scholarly enough to satisfy the pickiest reader and readable (and important) enough for the layman. (Nov.) . ,