Voices from Inside the Criminal Justice System

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Spring 2014 Reading Group
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Lewis Room 214A
1 classroom credit

This reading group will read selections from the broad literature that addresses the various perspectives of criminal justice “insiders” – police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, jurors, prison guards, and of course individual citizens who are drawn into the system as defendants, victims, and witnesses in criminal cases. We will compare and contrast these divergent perspectives and ask what the resulting kaleidoscope can teach us about our criminal justice system and our society -- and about possibilities for reform, both incremental and radical. The reading group is open to all 2L’s and 3L’s, with the exception of students who took Professor Steiker’s 1L Reading Group of the same name.

Prerequisite: Course enrollment is by permission of the faculty. Interested students should submit a brief (one paragraph) statement of interest by January 10 to Professor Steiker’s assistant, Amanda Cegielski, at acegielski@law.harvard.edu.