David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Book Talk: "Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism" by Marc Morjé Howard

Marc Morjé Howard provides the first, sustained comparative analysis that shows just how far the U.S. lies outside the norm of established democracies.

At every stage of the criminal justice process - plea bargaining, sentencing, prison conditions, rehabilitation, parole, and societal reentry - the U.S. is harsher and more punitive than other comparable countries. In Unusually Cruel, Marc Morjé Howard provides the first, sustained comparative analysis that shows just how far the U.S. lies outside the norm of established democracies. And, by highlighting how other countries successfully apply less punitive and more productive policies, he provides plausible solutions to addressing America's criminal justice quagmire.

Marc Morjé Howard is Professor of Government and Law and Director, Prisons and Justice Initiative Georgetown University.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, March 8.

This program is cosponsored by the UCLA School of Law Crim
inal Justice Program, Critical Race Studies Program, and David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the UCLA Transnational Program on Criminal Justice.

Questions may be directed to Professor Sharon Dolovich at
dolovich@law.ucla.edu