Rowman & Littlefield has released a new edition of Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure, featuring an introduction by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
In Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform, Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox from the Center for Court Innovation take a hard look at the challenges of transforming our criminal justice system. They argue that the reluctance of policymakers to talk openly about failure has stunted the public conversation about crime and stifled new ideas. It has also contributed to our inability to address such problems as chronic offending in low-income neighborhoods, an overreliance on incarceration, and the misuse of pretrial detention.
"The philosopher John Dewey once wrote that understanding things the way they are is the first step in making them different. This book tells us that understanding failure is the first step to creating a fairer and safer community for everyone," writes District Attorney Vance in a new introduction to the book.
Writing in the Harvard Law Review, Joan Petersilia and Kathryne M. Young offered this praise for the book: "If we want today’s reform efforts to produce fundamental change, we would be well advised to heed Greg Berman and Aubrey Fox’s warnings in their award-winning book, Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform."
According to New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, "Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform offers a valuable contribution to the debate about crime and what to do about it. It’s not only a good read but a must read."