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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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