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Fall 2022 Reading Group

Misdemeanor Justice

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

Misdemeanors comprise the vast bulk of the American criminal system, approximately 80 percent of criminal dockets, yet they are under-scrutinized and under-theorized. This class will explore all aspects of the misdemeanor phenomenon, including its economic, racial, and democratic implications, with an eye towards reconceptualizing the entire criminal process from the perspective of the petty offense. Readings will include legal theory and sociological research as well as litigation documents, government investigations, non-profit reports, and media coverage.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, October 18, and October 25.