Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court
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Winner of the 2017 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems.Finalist for the C. Wright Mills Book Award, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems.Winner of the 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, sponsored by the American Sociological Association's Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.Winner of the 2017 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, sponsored by the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Culture Section.Honorable Mention in the 2017 Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Class, and Gender.NAACP Image Award Nominee for an Outstanding Literary Work from a debut author.Winner of the 2017 Prose Award for Excellence in Social Sciences and the 2017 Prose Category Award for Law and Legal Studies, sponsored by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, Association of American Publishers.Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (Current Events/Social Issues category).Americans are slowly waking up to the dire effects of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities of color. The criminal courts are the crucial gateway between police action on the street and the processing of primarily black and Latino defendants into jails and prisons. And yet the courts, often portrayed as sacred, impartial institutions, have remained shrouded in secrecy, with the majority of Americans kept in the dark about how they function internally. Crook County bursts open the courthouse doors and enters the hallways, courtrooms, judges' chambers, and attorneys' offices to reveal a world of punishment determined by race, not offense.Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve spent ten years working in and investigating the largest criminal cou