The Rule of Law Is Broken

The Rule of Law Is Broken 2

Monica Almeida, Redux

An overcrowded prison in Chino, Calif., reflects the modern American approach to penalizing crime, which William Stuntz calls "the harshest in the history of democratic government."

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Monica Almeida, Redux

An overcrowded prison in Chino, Calif., reflects the modern American approach to penalizing crime, which William Stuntz calls "the harshest in the history of democratic government."

When a renowned scholar of criminal law and procedure says the criminal-justice system is in ruin, the indictment should stick.

The title of William J. Stuntz's The Collapse of American Criminal Justice (Belknap/Harvard University Press) encapsules the claim he details in lucid and entertaining, yet unsettling, prose.

Stuntz's litany of charges: Policing is inconsistent and racially imbalanced. Criminal defendants rarely face jury trials, because they have