Fixing the U.S. Criminal Justice System

FIXING THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM provides an in-depth look from a conservative perspective at the many flaws in the system and how to fix them.

The chapters in the book cover these topics:

  • why our criminal justice system is a national shame
  • how families suffer severe collateral damage
  • alleged misconduct by the police
  • how powerful prosecutors misbehave
  • when judges show bias and exceed their judicial power
  • how the media makes matters worse with sensationalized coverage
  • nine prescriptions to fix our broken criminal justice system

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

INTRODUCTION    

CHAPTER 1: OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A NATIONAL SHAME    

The Deleterious Effects of the War on Drugs

Disproportionate Effects on Minority
Communities

Suggested Solutions

CHAPTER 2: FAMILIES SUFFER SEVERE COLLATERAL DAMAGE

The Impact on Families

A Loss of Privacy

Psychological Damage/Familial Fall-Out

Deterioration of Family Units

Financial Woes

A Family’s Future Picture, Financial and Otherwise

Damage to the Children

Suggested Solutions

CHAPTER 3: POLICE ISSUES 

Complaints of Misconduct by the Police

Two Major Laws that Can Be Abused

Stop and Identify

Search and Seizure

Incentives for Police Misconduct

Is there Effective Recourse against Police Misconduct?

At the Federal Level

At the State and Local Level

Police Brutality and Killings

Breakdown of Law and Order: Killings of

Police and Riots

Photography of Police Actions

Suggested Solutions

CHAPTER 4: POWERFUL PROSECUTORS MISBEHAVING

Major Types of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Playing Politics with Evidence

Ignoring Evidence of a Witness’s Lies, and/or Leaking Inflammatory and Prejudicial Information

Motivations for Prosecutorial Misconduct

Suggested Solutions

An Example of a Successful Solution in Action

CHAPTER 5: JUDICIAL LIMITATIONS AND MISBEHAVIOR    

Judicial Limitations

Trials and Plea Bargains

Limitations Imposed on Judicial Sentencing

Judicial Misbehavior

Abuses of Judicial Power

Improper Courtroom Behavior

Showing Bias

The Power to Do Harm

Pressuring Defendants to Take Plea Bargains and Make Guilty Pleas

Motivations for Judicial Bias

Political and Prosecutorial Bias

Personal Bias and Discrimination

Unaccountability in a Conveyor Belt System

The Protections of Judges

Peers on Judicial Disciplinary Panels

Limitations on Citizen Complaints

Suggested Solutions

CHAPTER 6: THE MEDIA MAKE MATTERS WORSE

How Cases that Involve Celebrities or Government Officials Can Fare Even Worse

How Media Abuses Make a Defendant Look Guilty

Notorious Pre-Trial (and Trial) Publicity

Across Multiple Platforms and from Unnamed Sources

Racial Bias

Stereotyping

Criminal Profiling

The Growing Problem of Bias and False News

Suggested Solutions

CHAPTER 7: NINE PRESCRIPTIONS TO FIX OUR BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Fixes for the System

Prescription # 1: Better Safeguard our Police and Citizens

Prescription # 2: Reform the Bail Reform Act

Prescription # 3: More Legal Assistance for Low-Income Defendants

Prescription # 4: Strict Limits on Immunity of Prosecutors and Judges

Prescription # 5: Separate Courts for Urban, Suburban and Rural Areas

Prescription # 6: Reduce the High Rate of Incarceration

Prescription # 7: End the War on Marijuana to Reduce Violence and Possibly Bring Revenue to Cash-Starved States and Cities

Prescription # 8: Establish More Drug Treatment and More Drug Courts

Prescription # 9: Overhaul the Criminal Justice System

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Author Paul Brakke

Author Paul Brakke is a scientist based in Central Arkansas.  He became interested in studying the criminal justice system when his life was turned upside down after his wife was falsely accused of aggravated assault

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