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Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Courts


Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Ph.D., is a writer, sociologist and legal scholar whose research examines how the criminal justice system reproduces racism despite due process protections. She is the author of the acclaimed book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court, which is the winner of 11 awards or finalist distinctions for its contribution to the areas of sociology, law, criminal justice, and media. She is the winner of her discipline’s highest book honor, The American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Book Prize as well as an NAACP Image Award Finalist in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author.” Her new book, The Waiting Room, is part of the series The Southside from Amazon Original Stories and is a collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize–winning team at The Marshall Project.

Sponsored by Whitman College Department of Sociology & Wilken Penology Endowment.

Friday, October 23 at 9:00 am

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Government, Law & Activism, Research


Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public, Alumni


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