Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, 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. She's also a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. Before joining the Times Magazine, Bazelon was a writer and editor at Slate, where she co-founded the women's section DoubleX. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
An important, thoughtful, and thorough examination of criminal justice in America that speaks directly to how we reduce mass incarceration and increase fairness. Comprehensive and beautifully written, a book every policy maker should read. --Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy This book made me feel better. Hopeful, even! Because Emily Bazelon, cogent and clear-eyed as ever, lays out a welcome, double-barreled argument: A prosecutorial shift toward mercy and fairness is crucial to healing our busted criminal-justice system, and it's already happening. What's that, you say? You want step-by-step instructions for how to reform your local prosecutor's office? No sweat: Charged has that, too. Just skip to the end. --Sarah Koenig, host of Serial In this deeply researched, elegantly told book, Bazelon reveals how unchecked prosecutorial power has damaged the American justice system. Charged shows that our courts are not level playing fields. Rather, accused citizens, defense attorneys, and even judges are at the mercy of prosecutors who have used their influence to drive the prison boom. This harrowing, often enraging, book is a hopeful one, as well, profiling innovative new approaches and the frontline advocates who champion them. This is a necessary read for those who care about inequality, the law, and the future of American justice. --Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted Emily Bazelon brings urgent issues of criminal justice to life by telling the gripping stories of real people in a way that few writers can do. Charged is that rare page-turner--as deeply researched as its complex subject of criminal prosecution requires, as dramatic as the American dilemma of mass incarceration demands, and as practical as our hunger for bipartisan solutions to politically intractable problems calls for. --Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and professor of constitutional Law, Harvard Law School For years, Emily Bazelon has been exposing the incessant horror of the American criminal justice system with excruciating clarity. Now, in Charged, she walks the reader through the steps of a criminal case, untangling our impenetrable and complex system and providing crucial context for understanding the depths of the problem. Touching, unnerving, and at times infuriating, Charged is for novices and experts alike--a book for anyone concerned about those suffering from injustice, and outraged by those perpetuating it. --Josie Duffy Rice, co-host of the Justice in America podcast and senior strategist at The Justice Collaborative