Monday, April 13, 2015

Harvard Law Review Forum Article

The Harvard Law Review Forum just published the article, Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of American Lawyers. It is written by Alec Karakatsanis (Equal Justice Under Law), a new friend to pretrial justice, and one of those guys with his feet firmly planted inside court houses in places like Ferguson, Missouri, Clanton, Alabama, and North Charleston, South Carolina.

It touches briefly on the quote from the United States Supreme Court, "In our society, liberty is the norm, and detention prior to trial or without trial is the carefully limited exception," and thus the paper reminds us that a big part of pretrial justice is simply figuring out how to make this statement a reality. 

I know Alec, and therefore I know that even though he uses the term “failure,” he means it to inspire the kind of work that only the legal profession can do. I’m a fourth generation lawyer, and I take no offense.