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This month Lara Bazelon reviews Barred: Why the Innocent Can’t Get Out of Prison by Daniel S. Medwed.
This month Susan Elizabeth Reese reviews Trial Lawyer: A Life Representing People Against Power by Richard Zitrin.
This month Maneka Sinha reviews When Innocence Is Not Enough: Hidden Evidence and the Failed Promise of the Brady Rule by Thomas L. Dybdahl.
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 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 Susan Elizabeth Reese reviews The Lifer and the Lawyer: A Story of Punishment, Penitence, and Privilege by George Critchlow with Michael Anderson.
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 Patrick Boylan reviews Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America by Sara Mayeux.
This month John L. Kane reviews American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 by John Fabian Witt.
This month Tucker Carrington reviews A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by Ben Montgomery.
This month Gil Sapir reviews Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System by M. Chris Fabricant.
This month Jeff Gamso reviews Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System by Jarrett Adams.
This month Laura Reed reviews Outlaw Women: Prison, Rural Violence, and Poverty in the American West by Susan Dewey.
This month James W. Carroll Jr. reviews Defending a Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel by Jim Potts.