“The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight,” said Emily Bazelon, New York Times staff writer, co-host of “The Political Gabfest” and author of “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecutions and End Mass Incarceration.”
 
Most of the time, it isn’t.
 
You are invited to hear Emily speak on the power of the prosecutor and the realities of our criminal justice system on Wednesday, April 24 in Kansas City and Thursday, April 25 in St. Louis. 
 
Across the nation, the ACLU is working to reduce the number of people in jails and prisons by 50 percent. In order to do this, we must look at the role of the prosecutor. Are they accountable to the community? Are they transparent about their work?
 
Bazelon’s latest book, “Charged,” explores stories of people in the midst of the criminal justice process. During her talk, she will offer commentary on the prosecutor’s role in the justice system. Often, prosecutors wield more power than the judge in the courtroom.
 
Emily’s talk is in celebration of the launch of Liberty League, a new group of steadfast ACLU of Missouri supporters. Learn more about Liberty League and how to become a member. Membership in this group is not required to attend the event.
 
Food and beverages will be provided. Tickets are not required, but please RSVP by April 17. For more information contact Nicole Rainey at nrainey@aclu-mo.org or 314-669-3419.
 
Your support is so important to us. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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