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3 - Process as Intergenerational Punishment

from Part I - The Process Is the Punishment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 April 2019

Rosann Greenspan
University of California, Berkeley
Hadar Aviram
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Jonathan Simon
University of California, Berkeley
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In The Process is the Punishment, Malcolm Feeley exposed the lower criminal court as a powerful institution in American life, an important counterpart to both the more glamorous federal courts and the more highly charged superior courts that preside over serious crimes within a jurisdiction. Although it typically handles only low-level criminal charges, the lower criminal court’s reach is both broad and deep; in its functioning and process it has the capacity to change the lives of many who come before it – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse – irrespective of guilt or innocence, conviction or dismissal.

The Legal Process and the Promise of Justice
Studies Inspired by the Work of Malcolm Feeley
, pp. 55 - 71
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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