Racially Charged: America's Misdemeanor Problem
The US criminal justice system is rife with inequality but there is one area that critics say is particularly bad, that is the misdemeanor system. An estimated 13 million misdemeanors are filed each year in the US. People arrested for minor crimes often lack lawyers, have their cases processed in mere minutes and are punished long before they are convicted for crimes as lowly as jaywalking. This system traps the innocent and punishes the poor. Our guest Alexandra Natapoff, has written about this in her book Punishment without Crime”. The book serves as the inspiration for a new documentary from Brave New Films Racially Charged.
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