Beyond my own case, in a TED video, I talk about a number of areas in the criminal justice system where we as a nation, can do far better. These are far-reaching and apply to most criminal cases in this country.
Innocence: The notion of being innocent till proven guilty? I never felt that way. That’s not the experience of most defendants.
Excessive prosecution: and that prosecutors win 98% of criminal cases in this country because of the arsenal of tools they have at their disposal; they are only human. What if they make a mistake?
Exorbitant cost of defense: Federal criminal defense costs are enough to drive most people in this country into bankruptcy, on par with a catastrophic medical condition.
Prison: is it a deterrent given that we have more inmates than ever? Is it Rehab; as in do inmates leave prison in a better condition that when they got there? Or is it just punishment; and who else is getting punished? It costs twice as much annually to lock someone up than it does to send them to Harvard. At this cost, does prison serve its intended objectives?
Reintegration: Guilty or innocent, after doing their time what options do inmates have? Do we as a society really offer second chances? When does the punishment end?