Justice in Wonderland - A Review of Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing by Issa Kohler-Hausmann
19 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019 Last revised: 12 May 2019
Date Written: April 5, 2019
In Kohler-Hausmann's Misdemeanorland, we navigate the courthouses of New York City, where the fruits of broken windows policing's labors land. The empirical and theoretical account adds to and recasts both descriptive and theoretical understandings of the legacy of broken windows policing, of misdemeanor justice, and of court work more generally. It also suggests important ways in which prevailing criminal justice reform priorities should perhaps be redirected. And finally, it points up deep pathologies in the role of the defense lawyer in high-volume misdemeanor practice - pathologies that have been little noted in the literature and that are amply deserving of exploration in further scholarship.
Keywords: Criminal Justice, Misdemeanors, Broken Windows, Criminal Defense
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