Is Politics the Enemy of Justice?

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Greater transparency and diversity in the U.S. system of choosing prosecutors is an essential step in restoring equity and fairness to the justice system, according to the author of a forthcoming book discussing the relationship between prosecutors and democracy.

American prosecutors are often considered the principal drivers of the harsh and excessive sentencing that has contributed to the nation’s high incarceration rates, in part because of their dependence on electoral politics that rewards “tough on crime” rhetoric—with . . .

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