Read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Research how much a lawyer can help or hinder his/her client’s case. How do sentencing guidelines or mandatory sentences create or prevent justice?
Read articles and blogs and tweets by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch his speeches. Research the impact and reception of his work.
Consider the cost of the criminal justice system. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has recently written about it. Research programs or methods that are more successful or cost effective.
Read Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Go visit the Oregon State Hospital in Salem where the movie based on this book was filmed. Take their tour. Research the way the mentally ill are managed by the criminal justice system and other government systems.
Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Research the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and its aftermath or research the Civil Rights movement and its aftermath.
Investigate the Innocence Project. Research some of the cases it has handled. Investigate any cases that it has been involved with in Oregon. Research whether there are any cases it should pay attention to here.
Read Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and research the controversy surrounding its publication.
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