The Collapse of American Criminal Justice
William J. Stuntz
Belknap, $35, 413 pp.
It is often said that facts are revolutionary. With their power to burn off the ideological mists that obscure our political vision, and to remind us of the unanticipated and sometimes negative consequences of our most well-meaning actions, facts can shake our views on matters great and small, dishing out intellectual therapy to the benighted and the bemused.
The legal scholar William Stuntz, who died last year of cancer at fifty-two, was a master practitioner of this brand of therapy...
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