Prosecutor’s Reading List


California’s Criminal Justice System by Christine L. Gardiner and Stacy L. Mallicoat.

Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Thinking About Crime by James Q. Wilson

The Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raine

Revealing Criminology by Maureen Outlaw

The Valley of the Shadow of Death by Kermit Alexander

Outrage by Vincent Bugliosi


Explaining Social Deviance by Paul Root Wolpe

History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons

The Great Trials of World History by Douglas O. Linder

Academic Papers

The Aims of the Criminal Law by Henry Hart

Shorter Works and Articles

The Coming of the Superpredators by John DiLulio.  You can see that this guy was mostly wrong just by looking at this one chart.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth and On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey.

American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction by G. Edward White


Serial by Sarah Koenig.  I listened to seasons 1 and 3.

Off the Block by George Lavender.  Short but sweet.

Caught by Kai Wright.

More Perfect with Jad Abumrad.  Another great WNYC podcast, but not usually about criminal law.

Life of the Law with Nancy Mullane.  The gold standard of podcasts about the law in general, not criminal law in particular.  But the producers often discuss criminal law and have a soft spot for San Quentin inmates in particular.

Locked Up: Prison in America by American Radioworks.

Mexican Mafia Materials


Governance and Prison Gangs by David Skarbek.


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