The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts

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About the Author

Stephen B. Bright currently teaches law at Yale and Georgetown Universities. He was the long-time director of the Southern Center for Human Rights and has won multiple capital cases in the Supreme Court. A recipient of the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award, Bright has been the subject of two books, Proximity to Death (William S. McFeely) and Finding Life on Death Row (Katya Lexin), and a film, Fighting for Life in the Death Belt (Adam Elend and Jeff Marks). The co-author, with James Kwak, of The Fear of Too Much Justice (The New Press), he lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

James Kwak is vice chair of the Southern Center for Human Rights, former professor of law at the University of Connecticut, author of Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality, and co-author with Simon Johnson of White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You, and the New York Times bestseller 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. He is also the co-author of The Baseline Scenario, a leading blog on economics and public policy. The co-author, with Stephen Bright, of The Fear of Too Much Justice (The New Press), he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Praise for The Fear of Too Much Justice:
"No one has more experience with the racism that infects our legal system than Steve Bright, and no one has worked more relentlessly to expose and eliminate it. Read this book. It will inform and infuriate you in equal measure, and equip you to join the long struggle toward justice."
--Thomas L. Dybdahl, author of When Innocence is Not Enough

"The Fear of Too Much Justice is an elegant, meticulous, and inspiring book about the brutal reality of injustices in the American criminal justice system and changes that must be made to save individual lives and our collective humanity. With their searing analyses and palpable compassion, Steve Bright and James Kwak open our minds, touch our hearts, and move us forward."
--Janet Dewart Bell, co-editor of Race, Rights, and Redemption and author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom

"As the face of the Southern Center for Human Rights for more than three decades, iconic civil rights attorney Steve Bright has been waist-deep in the injustice of the criminal justice system since the 1970s. With co-author James Kwak, he powerfully catalogues the system's ills, and offers insightful remedies to help us overcome the fear of too much justice."
--Marc Bookman, author of A Descending Spiral

"Finally, a book that takes Justice Brennan's famous line to its logical conclusions, calling into question every aspect of the way that we criminalize and punish in the United States today. It will be an indispensable teaching tool, providing a holistic view of the problems with criminal courts and the criminal legal system, from top to bottom."
--Jocelyn Simonson, professor of law and associate dean of research and scholarship, Brooklyn Law School, and author of Radical Acts of Justice

"Steve Bright has long been one of our most passionate and sophisticated advocates for justice. In The Fear of Too Much Justice Bright and Kwak make a devastating case for the shameful state of justice in far too many of our courtrooms today."
--Marc Mauer, former executive director of The Sentencing Project and co-author of The Meaning of Life