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"A troubling portrayal of the criminal justice system from within its well-guarded walls."
"Required reading for anyone who believes that only the guilty are put to death . . . A catalog of appalling miscarriages of justice."
"[A] chilling look at judicial corruption and incompetence."
"Should be required reading for . . . our justice system."
"Gut-wrenching, terrifying, hair-raising."
A troubling portrayal of the criminal justice system from within its well-guarded walls.- --New York Times-Required reading for anyone who believes that only the guilty are put to death...A catalog of appalling miscarriages of justice.- --Washington Post-[A] chilling look at judicial corruption and incompetence.- --New York Daily News-Should be required reading for...our justice system.---Philadelphia Inquirer
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This book is so much more than a utterly disturbing account of a system gone wrong, it points to an imminent crossroads for democracy. Justice and constitutional rights are fundamental to freedom. Anyone reading this book might find insight as to how "extraordinary rendition" and Guantanomo Bay came about.
I live in Ireland but as a result of reading this book and seeing the fundamental importance of the work described by these authors that I now make modest contributions to their Project. I can only commend it to others who hold human rights dear.
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I have to reveal that I know Jim Dwyer, he is the brother-in-law of one of my good friends, I've read many of his other books and I have really liked them all, so I may be a bit biased in my review of his books.
If you are a fan of the podcast Serial or the TV show Law and Order or if you wonder about fairness of the criminal justice system in the US, this is a must read. While the information contained in this book may not help free Adnan Syed, it shows how many people are convicted with faulty evidence and unreliable eyewitness testimony.
Each chapter takes on a different broken part of the justice system, from eye witnesses, to jailhouse, snitches, faulty lab evidence, police misconduct, confessions, lazy attorneys etc... Its terrifying to think of how many people are wrongfully convicted of crimes and how long it takes to get them cleared in this country. And the even scarier part is that there aren't systems in place to punish those who withhold evidence, force confessions, or give false testimony...most of those people aren't charged, convicted or punished in any way. There are very few safeguards.
Once convicted of a crime its almost impossible to get back out. Some systems refuse to allow DNA testing after a conviction leaving innocent people in prison and even more startling are the times when DNA proves the person is innocent and the state won't allow them to be freed saying they must have been guilty in some way. The facts according to the authors are that there are thousands more that could be freed with DNA testing. Although science is not the stop gap for flaws in any criminal justice system, the authors very convincingly argue that it would be a beneficial start.
The stories in this book are accessible and easy to follow but not preachy. If you have any interest in the law or justice this is a must read.
Well done Barry but I still believe OJ did it but there was not enough proof especially after all of the games people played, but then this book was not about OJ or people that may have been guilty it is about people that have been proven innocent without a doubt. I would rather have an OJ acquited than to see an innocent man or woman on death row.