Justice for All identifies ten central flaws in the criminal justice system and offers an array of solutions – from status quo to evolution to revolution – to address the inequities and injustices that far too often result in courtrooms across the United States.
From the investigatory stage to the sentencing and appellate stages, many criminal defendants, particularly those from marginalized communities, often face procedural and structural barriers that taint the criminal justice system with the stain of unfairness, prejudice, and arbitrariness. Systematic flaws in the criminal justice system underscore the inequitable processes by which courts deprive citizens of liberty and, in some instances, their lives. Comprehensive in its scope and applicability, the book focuses upon the procedural and substantive barriers that often prohibit defendants from receiving fair treatment within the United States criminal justice system. Each chapter is devoted to a particular flaw in the criminal justice system and is divided into two parts. First, the authors discuss in depth the underlying causes and effects of the flaw at issue. Second, the authors present a wide range of possible solutions to address this flaw and to lead to greater equality in the administration of criminal justice. The reader is encouraged throughout to consider and assess all possible options, then defend their choices and preferences. Confronting these issues is critical to reducing racial disparities and guaranteeing Justice for all.
Describing the problems and assessing the solutions, Justice for All does not identify all problems or all solutions, but will be of immeasurable value to criminal justice students and scholars, as well as attorneys, judges, and legislators, who strive to address the pervasive flaws in the criminal justice system.
Table of Contents
Part One: Law Enforcement
Chapter 1 – De-escalation and Police Use of Excessive Force
Chapter 2 – Reforming, Transforming, Reimagining, or Defunding the Police
Chapter 3 – Mental Health of United States Law Enforcement Officers
Part Two: Courts and Attorneys
Chapter 4 – Cash Bail and Unequal Justice
Chapter 5 – Ineffective Assistance of Defense Counsel
Chapter 6 – Prosecutorial Misconduct, Consequences, Remedies, and Immunity
Part Three: Sentencing and Corrections
Chapter 7 – Sentencing
Chapter 8 – Capital Punishment
Chapter 9 – Mass Incarceration and Prison Privatization
Chapter 10 – Mentally Ill Offenders
Charles E. MacLean, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at the Metropolitan State University in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Prior to entering the Academy, Chuck served for twenty years as a state felony prosecutor in Minnesota.
Adam Lamparello, J.D., LL.M., is an Assistant Professor of Public Law at Georgia State College and University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Adam has published over seventy-five law review articles and three textbooks that focus on constitutional law, criminal law, and legal education.