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FAN Event: Emily Bazelon on Ending Mass Incarceration

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  

Where: ETHS Auditorium, 1600 Dodge, Evanston, IL 60201

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Julie Deardorff   847.467.3147

Group: School of Education and Social Policy

Category: Academic


Faith in the American criminal justice system has long been contingent on the idea that there is a fair contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense. But this system has lost its equilibrium,band with it, its power to protect the innocent. Prosecutors today enjoy unprecedented power in the
courtroom. Much of the time, it is prosecutors more than judges who control the outcome of a case. They answer to almost no one and make most of the key decisions, from choosing the charge to setting bail to
determining the plea bargain. They often decide who goes free and who goes to prison, even who lives and who dies.
The system wasn’t designed for this kind of unchecked power, and in Charged: The New Movement to
Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, Emily Bazelon reveals how it is the
underreported cause of enormous injustice—and the missing piece in the mass incarceration puzzle. Ms.
Bazelon shows how prosecution in America is at a crossroads and details both the damage prosecutors can
do and the second chances they can extend if they choose to. She follows a wave of reform-minded D.A.s,
elected in some of our biggest cities as well as in rural areas in every region of the country, who are
determined to improve the system.
Ms. Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative
Writing and Law and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller Sticks and
Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Before
joining the Times Magazine, Ms. Bazelon was a writer and editor at Slate, where she co-founded the
women’s section “DoubleX.” She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

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