Charged is a very interesting and eye-opening book about the power of prosecutors and their role in the US criminal justice system.
Emily Bazelon, a renowned investigative journalist, “exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis,” and also offers a way out,” says a review published in goodreads.com.
“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.
“But in practice, it is prosecutors who have the upper hand, in a contest that is far from equal. More than anyone else, prosecutors decide who goes free and who goes to prison, and even who lives and who dies,” the review added.
In a review published in The New York Times, David Lat said: “If prosecutorial service is no longer a golden ticket to a successful political career, then being a prosecutor could lose some of its luster to young lawyers seeking power and prestige. Perhaps that’s a good thing.”