Alexandra Natapoff is professor of law at the University of California. Professor Natapoff is also author Professor and member of the American Law Institute. She was appointed as an Adviser to the ALI Policing Project and helped draft legislation at both the state and federal levels. She is quoted frequently by major media outlets. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Natapoff served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship.
Recent episodes featuring Alexandra Natapoff
2032 - Punishment Without Crime: How Our Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent w/ Alexandra Natapoff
The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Alexandra Natapoff (@ANatapoff), Law professor at U.C. Irvine, criminal law scholar, and author of "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal," joins us to discuss her book. What is a misdemeanor, and how is it distinguished from felonies? The "unprincipled," hodge-podge nature of US misdemeanor law. The alteration to a persons rights merely getting arrested creates. How Stop-and-Frisk fed the problem. Race and class oppression and the misdemeanor system. Ferguson, MO and the monetization of poverty by law enforcement. The piling up of fees by the legal system. Reform and the test "from a veil of ignorance." The importance of local criminal justice reform alongside more visible federal reform efforts.
Misdemeanors Matter #2:  Alexandra Natapoff on a Legacy of Injustice
New Thinking, a Center for Court Innovation Podcast
Alexandra Natapoff calls the misdemeanor justice system a “quiet behemoth”: making up four of every five criminal cases in the U.S., neglected by scholars and reformers, and potentially harming those caught up in it for life. In Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, she describes a system warped by financial incentives that acts as a leading engine of racial and social inequality. She also says the reforms are obvious, and already happening in pockets across the country. Full show notes (includes pictures, episode transcript, and resources & references section)
The Injustice Of America's Misdemeanor System
Fresh Air
Former federal public defender Alexandra Natapoff says 13 million misdemeanors are filed each year in the U.S., trapping the innocent, punishing the poor and making society more unequal. Her book is 'Punishment Without Crime.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a recording of Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' by Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters.
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