September 22, 2010
"SEEDY UNDERBELLY OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM"
Butler, Paul, Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (New York & London: The New Press, 2010) ("The American criminal justice system is so dysfunctional that it presents well-intentioned people with a dilemma. Should good people cooperate with it? This book looks at the roles of two actors without whom the justice system would grind to a halt: snitches and prosecutors. A debate rages in both pop culture and criminology about the value of snitches. I come down firmly on the side against them. Government informants are the seedy underbelly of the criminal justice system. I'll talk about the addiction of law enforcement to snitches and the devastating impact they have on neighborhoods and civil liberties." "My experiences as a prosecutor persuade me that prosecutors are more part of the problem than the solution. . . ." Id. at 20.).