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Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System  

The New York Times - March 10, 2012 Author: Michelle Alexander Read More

AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?” Read More  Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

 

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