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America’s Broken Legal System

Judge Jed S. Rakoff examines the shortcomings of the country’s legal system and proposes paths to reform in this Brennan Center book talk.

Past: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Hon. Jed S. Rakoff
  • Hernandez Stroud
American's Broken Legal System

Too often, the U.S. crim­inal justice system compels inno­cent people to plead guilty. It dispro­por­tion­ately incar­cer­ates Black and brown Amer­ic­ans, often for relat­ively minor offenses. Mean­while, high-level exec­ut­ives are rarely prosec­uted or held account­able for much more seri­ous crimes. Jed S. Rakoff, a federal trial judge and an expert on white-collar crime, exam­ines these and other para­doxes in a new book, Why the Inno­cent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go FreeAnd Other Para­doxes of Our Broken Legal System. He will be joined by Hernan­dez Stroud, coun­sel in the Bren­nan Center’s Justice Program, to discuss the short­com­ings of the coun­try’s legal system and propose paths to reform. 

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with New York University’s John Brademas Center.


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