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Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

By Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Winner of the 2017 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva awesome publication Award, subsidized by means of the Society for the research of Social Problems.

Finalist for the C. Wright generators publication Award, subsidized by means of the Society for the learn of Social Problems.

Winner of the 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox ebook Award, backed by means of the yank Sociological Association's part on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Winnier of the 2017 Mary Douglas Prize for most sensible ebook, backed by way of the yankee Sociological Association's Sociology of tradition Section.

Honorable point out within the 2017 publication Award from the yank Sociological Association's part on Race, type, and Gender.

NAACP picture Award Nominee for a very good Literary paintings from a debut author.

Winner of the 2017 Prose Award for Excellence in Social Sciences and the 2017 Prose class Award for legislations and criminal experiences, backed via the pro and Scholarly Publishing department, organization of yankee Publishers.

Silver Medal from the self reliant writer booklet Awards (Current Events/Social matters category).

Americans are slowly waking as much as the dire results of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration, specially in deprived neighborhoods and groups of colour. The felony courts are the the most important gateway among police motion in the street and the processing of essentially black and Latino defendants into jails and prisons. And but the courts, frequently portrayed as sacred, neutral associations, have remained shrouded in secrecy, with the vast majority of americans saved in the dead of night approximately how they functionality internally. Crook County bursts open the courthouse doorways and enters the hallways, courtrooms, judges' chambers, and lawyers' workplaces to bare a global of punishment made up our minds via race, no longer offense.

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve spent ten years operating in and investigating the most important legal courthouse within the kingdom, Chicago–Cook County, and according to over 1,000 hours of remark, she takes readers inside of our so-called halls of justice to witness the kinds of daily racial abuses that fester in the courts, usually in undeniable sight. We watch white court docket pros classify and planned at the fates of generally black and Latino defendants whereas racial abuse and due procedure violations are inspired or even noticeable as justified. Judges doze off at the bench. Prosecutors hang around like frat boys within the judges' chambers whereas the fates of defendants dangle within the stability. Public defenders make offerings approximately which defendants they'll attempt to "save" and which they are going to sacrifice. Sheriff's officials cruelly mock and abuse defendants' kin.

Crook County's robust and from time to time devastating narratives show startling truths a couple of criminal tradition steeped in racial abuse. Defendants locate themselves thrust right into a pernicious criminal international the place court docket actors dwell and breathe racism whereas concurrently committing themselves to a colorblind excellent. Gonzalez Van Cleve urges all voters to take a better examine the best way we do justice in the USA and to carry our arbiters of justice liable to the top criteria of equality.

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