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Social Justice

Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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Alexandra Natapoff’s latest book, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, delves into the social and judicial impacts of lower level criminal acts. In the book, she explains how the justice system criminalizes acts that should have never been classified as a crime in the first place—everything from jaywalking to trespassing to parking meter violations. These convictions have snowballed into several issues, including stigmatizing people of color as criminals, limiting or even stripping them of access to basic necessities such as housing, and pushing them further into poverty through excessive court ... more

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