Full Reviews


Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

Author: Eric Eyre
Publisher: Scribner, 2020.  304 pages.
Reviewer: Mark Podvia | September 2023

Explaining Tort and Crime: Legal Development Across Laws and Legal Systems, 1850-2020

Author: Matthew Dyson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2022.  448 pages.
Reviewer: Peter Cane| September 2023

Just Policing

Author: Jake Monaghan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2023.  248 pages.
Reviewer: David Wolitz | September 2023

Mass Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became Addicted to Prisons and Jails and How It Can Recover

Author: Jeffrey Bellin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2022.  234 pages.
Reviewer: John Pfaff | September 2023

Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care

Author: Wendy A. Bach
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2022.  300 pages.
Reviewer: Meghan Boone | September 2023

Purgatory Citizenship: Reentry, Race, and Abolition

Author: Calvin John Smiley
Publisher: University of California Press, 2023.  240 pages.
Reviewer: Colleen Eren | September 2023

The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight Against Torture

Author: Lisa Hajjar
Publisher: University of California Press, 2022.  376 pages.
Reviewer: John Parry | September 2023

Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy that Unhinged America

Author: Will Sommer
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, 2023.  272 pages.
Reviewer: Matthew N. Hannah | September 2023

Understanding Crime and Place: A Methods Handbook

Author: Elizabeth R. Groff & Cory P. Haberman (eds.)
Publisher: Temple University Press, 2023.  442 pages.
Reviewer: Shannon Linning | September 2023

When Crack was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era

Author: Donovan X. Ramsey
Publisher: One World, 2023.  448 pages.
Reviewer: Frederick T. Martens | September 2023


Achieving Consistency in Sentencing

Author: Lyndon Harris
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2022. 352 pages.
Reviewer: Rob Canton | June 2023

Alibis and Corroborators: Psychological, Criminological, and Legal Perspectives

Author: Joshua D. Behl and Megan Kienzle (Eds.)
Publisher: Springer, 2022. 169 pages.
Reviewer: Shiri Portnoy | June 2023

American Roulette: The Social Logic of Death Penalty Sentencing Trials

Author: Sarah Beth Kaufman
Publisher: University of California Press, 2022. 260 pages.
Reviewer: Matthew West | June 2023

“Beyond the Law” The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain

Author: Charles Upchurch
Publisher: Temple University Press, 2021. 326 pages.
Reviewer: Richard Ward | June 2023

Consent in the Presence of Force: Sexual Violence and Black Women’s Survival in Antebellum New Orleans

Author: Emily A. Owens
Publisher: UNC Press, 2023. 244 pages.
Reviewer: Brianne Posey | June 2023

Death by Prison: The Emergence of Life without Parole and Perpetual Confinement

Author: Christopher Seeds
Publisher: University of California Press, 2022. 288 pages.
Reviewer: Stuti Kokkalera | June 2023

Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Criminal Law Opinions

Authors: Bennett Capers, Sarah Deer & Corey Rayburn Yung (Eds.)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 328 pages.
Reviewer: Kimberly D. Bailey

Free Joan Little: The Politics of Race, Sexual Violence, and Imprisonment

Author: Christina Greene
Publisher: UNC Press, 2022. 362 pages.
Reviewer: Elizabeth Barahona | June 2023

Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice

Author: Jonathan Rapping
Publisher: Beacon Press, 2020. 238 pages.
Reviewer: Tigran W. Eldred

Policing Protest: The Post-Democratic State and the Figure of Black Insurrection

Author: Paul Passavant
Publisher: Duke University Press, 2021. 368 pages.
Reviewer: Heidi Reynolds-Stentson | June 2023

Prisons and Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Authors: Jason Schnittker, Michael Massoglia, & Christopher Uggen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2022. 200 pages.
Reviewer: Megan Novisky | June 2023

Stop & Frisk and the Politics of Crime in Chicago

Author: Wesley G. Skogan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2022. 274 pages.
Reviewer: Paul Bleakley | June 2023

The Deportation Express: A History of America by Forced Removal

Author: Ethan Blue
Publisher: University of California Press, 2021. 448 pages.
Reviewer: Josue David Cisneros | June 2023

The Fear of Too Much Justice: How Race and Poverty Undermine Fairness in the Criminal Courts

Authors: Stephen Bright & James Kwak
Publisher: The New Press, 2023. 368 pages.
Reviewer: Marc Bookman | June 2023

The Insanity Defence: International and Comparative Perspectives

Authors: Ronnie Mackay & Warren Brookbanks
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2022. 416 pages.
Reviewer: Lea Johnston | June 2023

The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys – and One Senator’s Fight to Save Democracy

Author: James Risen
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2023. 480 pages.
Reviewer: Frederick Martens | June 2023

Wayward Dragon: White-Collar and Corporate Crime in China

Authors: Adam K. Ghazi-Tehrani & Henry N. Pontell
Publisher: Springer, 2022. 188 pages
Reviewers: Hong Lu & Shujing Shi


Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of the Violent Brain

Author: Oliver Rollins
Publisher: Stanford University Press, 2021.  248 pages.
Reviewer: Federica Coppola | March 2023

Counterterrorism and Investigative Detention: International and Comparative Legal Evolution

Author: Dan E. Stigall
Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2021.  272 pages.
Reviewer: Jonathan Hafetz | March 2023

Execution by Family: A Theory of Honor Violence

Author: Mark Cooney
Publisher: Routledge, 2020.  236 pages.
Reviewer: Bradley Campbell | March 2023

For the People: A Story of Justice and Power

Author: Larry Krasner
Publisher: One World, 2021.  336 pages.
Reviewer: Carissa Hessick | March 2023

Indefinite: Doing Time in Jail

Author: Michael L. Walker
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2022.  288 pages.
Reviewer: Madalyn Wasilczuk | March 2023

Junk Science and the American Criminal Legal System

Author: M. Chris Fabricant
Publisher: Akashic Books, 2022.  368 pages.
Reviewer: Imran J. Syed | March 2023

Lethal Injection and the False Promise of Humane Execution

Author: Austin Sarat
Publisher: Stanford University Press, 2022.  194 pages.
Reviewer: Talia Roitberg Harmon | March 2023

Neighborhood Watch: Policing White Spaces in America

Author: Shawn E. Fields
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2022.  202 pages.
Reviewer: Daanika Gordon| March 2023

Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights

Author: Erwin Chemerinsky
Publisher: Liveright, 2022.  384 pages.
Reviewer: Michael J. Zydney Mannheimer | March 2023

Sentencing the Self-Convicted: The Ethics of Pleading Guilty

Author: Julian V. Roberts & Jesper Ryberg
Publisher: Hart Publishing, 2023.  245 pages.
Reviewer: Richard L. Lippke | March 2023

Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration

Author: Tasseli McKay
Publisher: University of California Press, 2022.  312 pages.
Reviewer: Raven Lewis | March 2023

Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City

Author: Rosa Brooks
Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2022.  384 pages.
Reviewer: Tung Yin | March 2023

The End of Asylum

Author: Andrew Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, & Philip Schrag
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, 2021.  224 pages.
Reviewer: Mary Hoopes | March 2023

Voices of the Border: Testimonios of Migration, Deportation, and Asylum

Author: Tobin Hansen & María Engracia Robles
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, 2021.  256 pages.
Reviewer: Michael Klajbor-Smith | March 2023

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