This article ran in a recent issue of The New Yorker. The article’s author, Adam Gopnik, is a longtime
American writer and essayist who has been openly critical of the criminal justice system in the United
States since the mid-1990s. In this piece, he discusses misconceptions with the ‘system’ and how these
misconceptions lead to initiatives for reform that are not successful (and costly). He also discusses
prosecutorial misconduct/over-reach and its impact on incarceration numbers.
Please answer the following questions.
(a) Discuss one ‘misunderstanding’ identified by Adam;
(b) Discuss Adam’s position on this ‘misunderstanding’ and how he identifies it as a contributing
factor to the overall issues in the criminal justice system.
(c) Then, take a position on the ‘misunderstanding’ using your own credible outside research or
ideas and defend this position.
(d) Lastly, end your presentation with a thought-provoking question that you might pose to an
audience (for thought). Something you leave the audience with!
It should be three pages at least