I have just read Let’s Get Free by George Washington Law School Professor Paul Butler. This book should be read by every law professor (especially professors of Legal Ethics and of Criminal Law) and by every citizen who is interested in the administration of justice and future of our country. Here is some info from the book jacket and his website:
Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight — until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit.
At the courthouse Butler stood alongside the people he’d spent his days sending to prison. This stint on the other side of the law confirmed his sense that the system was not working — not making the streets safer, nor helping the people he’d hoped, as a prosecutor, to protect.
Let’s Get Free gives an insider’s view of the lock-’em-up culture that makes every American worse off. We’ve reached the tipping point — so many people are in prison, especially for nonviolent drug offenses, that incarceration now causes more crime than it prevents. Butler offers innovative methods for citizens to resist complicity and stand up for their rights.
Chock-full of great stories and cutting-edge insight, this accessible and lively critique will change the way you think about crime and punishment in the United States. As Butler eloquently argues, when we end mass incarceration and excessive police power, everyone wins.
For more information, visit www.letsgetfreethebook.com.