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This month Robert M. Sanger reviews When Machines Can Be Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Justice in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Katherine B. Forrest.
This month Jon M. Sands reviews The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson: A Battle for Justice at the Dawn of the Civil Rights Era by Chris Joyner.
This month Susan Elizabeth Reese reviews “The Lifer and the Lawyer: A Story of Punishment, Penitence, and Privilege” by George Critchlow with Michael Anderson.
This month Cara Wieneke reviews Scrapped: Justice and a Teen Informant by Lisa Peebles and John O’Brien.
This month Jon M. Sands reviews Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo by Mansoor Adayfi in collaboration with Antonio Aiello.
This month Cuauhtemoc Ortega reviews A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys by Rene L. Valladares.
This month Tony Bornstein reviews Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois by George H. Ryan Sr. with Maurice Possley.
This month Matthew T. Mangino reviews Death on the Doorstep & other stories by Edward Z. Menkin.
This month Susan Elizabeth Reese reviews Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty by Maurice Chammah.
This month Jon M. Sands reviews Old Thiess, a Livonian Werewolf: A Classic Case in Comparative Perspective by Carlo Ginsburg and Bruce Lincoln.
This month John Albanes reviews Suicide and Its Impact on the Criminal Justice System by Elizabeth Kelley and Francesca Flood.
This month James W. Carroll Jr. reviews The Chameleon Shuffle by Jere Krakoff.
This month Elizabeth Kelley reviews Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration by Christine Montross, M.D.
This month Tony Bornstein reviews Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of America by Richard Gergel.
This month Elizabeth Kelley reviews Trying Times: A Lawyer’s 50-Year Struggle Fighting for Rights in a World of Wrongs by Terry Gilbert with Carlo Wolff.