The Revolution Will Be Televised: Popular Culture and the American Criminal Justice Narrative

23 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2015 Last revised: 7 Mar 2015

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Jonathan Rapping

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

Date Written: February 20, 2015

Abstract

This article considers the role that popular culture must play in helping to transform a criminal justice culture that is inconsistent with our noblest democratic ideals. It examines the film Gideon's Army and the work of the organization behind the film, Gideon's Promise. It points out the valuable contribution Gideon's Army makes in raising awareness about the important role of public defenders in our criminal justice system and how far short we have fallen from fulfilling the constitutional right to counsel. It suggests, however, that there is much more to be done and that there is an important role to be played by filmmakers and storytellers who are interested in helping realize equal justice.

Suggested Citation

Rapping, Jonathan, The Revolution Will Be Televised: Popular Culture and the American Criminal Justice Narrative (February 20, 2015). New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Vol. 51, p. 5, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2567795

Jonathan Rapping (Contact Author)

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School ( email )

1422 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
United States

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