David Garland

David Garland is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and professor of sociology at NYU. He is the author of The Culture of Control, and, most recently, The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction.

 

Recent Articles

The Road to Ending Mass Incarceration Goes Through the DA's Office

Reform is under way at the nerve center of the penal state, but it won’t be enough.  

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration By Emily Bazelon Random House This article appears under the title "Prosecutors Against Mass Incarceration?" in the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . If anyone still thinks American criminal justice is a matter of jury trials, constitutional rights, and adversarial justice, this book should disabuse them of all that. The reality is that millions of defendants—largely indigent, minimally represented people of color—acquiesce to plea deals proffered by busy prosecutors with little time for individualized justice. And although copping a plea enables defendants to avoid the delay and increased penalties they risk if they go to trial, their punishments are markedly more severe than those imposed in Canada or Europe and much higher than in the United States 40 years ago. Mass incarceration is the name we give to the cumulative result. Prosecutors have always...