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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, April 19, 2021

Conklin on Rakoff's "Why the Innocent Plead Guilty . . ."

This is a review of Jed S. Rakoff’s new book Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free: And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System. While the book has its merits, this review primarily focuses on critiques. These critiques cover the topics of the difference between innocence and wrongful conviction / exoneration, the death penalty, race, and plea bargaining. This review concludes by addressing the problematic breadth of the book and an unfortunate absence of citations.

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