Confronting Unequal Protection of the Law


In Race, Crime, and the Law, Professor Randall Kennedy confronts the complex and volatile subject of the impact of race on the administration of criminal justice. The promised reach of the book, to explore the “bitterly contested crossroads where race relations intersect with the rules that govern the apprehension, trial, and punishment of criminals,”‘ exceeds in important respects the author’s grasp. Still, Kennedy’s effort serves to broaden the terms of the debate on the extent of racism in the criminal process and provides a valuable source of ideas for grappling with this complex and pressing problem.

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