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ABF Scholar Presents Criminal Courts Research at Temple University Event

March 2, 2017, ABF news

On Tuesday, February 28, the American Bar Foundation welcomed Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve for a presentation and discussion of her 2016 book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court . The event was hosted in partnership with Temple University Perspectives and the Chicago Chapter of the Temple University Alumni Association

Gonzalez Van Cleve is an ABF affiliated scholar and an assistant professor in Temple's Department of Criminal Justice. Crook County draws from more than 1,000 hours of observation and a decade spent working in Chicago-Cook County, the country's largest criminal courthouse. During her years of research, Gonzalez Van Cleve was witness to rampant racial abuses and  injustice at every level of the criminal courts. Crook County serves as an indictment of the criminal court system, illuminating the inequities at work within the legal system that obscure the experience of justice.

Tuesday evening’s event brought over forty members of the Temple University and ABF communities together at the ABF's offices. Gonzalez Van Cleve's research presentation was followed by an engaging group discussion on the state of the American criminal justice system led by the author.

To learn more about Crook County, please visit the Stanford University Press website

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