Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

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The New Press, 2010 - Law - 214 pages
2 Reviews
"Eye-opening."---The New York Times (Barbara Ehrenreich)

"Butler offers a broader set of proposals [that are] eminently sensible.---The New York Review of Books

"A can't-put-it-down call to action from a progressive former prosecutor...smart and very entertaining."---Danny Glover

"[S]erves as a building block for future scholarship and conversations about racial issues affecting real people."---La Daily Journal

"A tour de force."---Charles Ogletree

"A fresh and thought-provoking perspective on the war on drugs, snitches, and whether locking so many people up really makes Americans safer." ---Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

"Required reading for all concerned about their neighborhoods and our criminal justice system."---Library Journal
 

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Let's Get Free is the first book by Paul Butler, a George Washington University law professor and former prosecutor who has since made it his professional mission to try and reform what he came to ... Read full review

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Butler, a former prosecutor, writes eloquently about why he stopped being a prosecutor, a role in which he often prosecuted other black men and served, he feels, to legitimate the system that ... Read full review

Contents

A Prosecutor Meets American Criminal Justice
1
Why Mass Incarceration Matters
22
3 Justice on Drugs
41
Power to the People
57
Dont Be a Snitch Do Be a Witness and Dont Always Help the Police
79
6 Should Good People Be Prosecutors?
101
7 A HipHop Theory of Justice
123
HighTech Justice
147
Seven Ways to Take Back Justice
167
N O T E S
186
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A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler is the country’s leading expert on jury nullification. He provides legal commentary for CNN, NPR, and the Fox News Network, and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. He has written for the Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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