A Landmark Step-by-Step Guide that Reveals the Truths and Lies of the Criminal Justice System
By Muhammad Ibn Bashir, Esq.
Acclaimed Criminal Trial Attorney and Former Public Defender & Co-Counsel in the World Trade Center Bombing Trial, Advocate and Lecturer
It’s on the news every day. Arrests are made for any number of crimes, including drug possession and distribution, aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Mass incarceration is particularly prevalent within the black community. The Bureau of Justice’s December 2010 “Prisoners in 2009″ report illuminates that there are 563,500 incarcerated black men within state and federal prisons, the largest number of which are between the ages of 25-39. Esteemed criminal attorney Muhammad Ibn Bashir has seen it all throughout the course of his 23-year career, representing predominantly young people of color confronted with the legal consequences of their actions. In fact, Bashir argues that at the root of the incarceration of young black men and women is confusion stemming from its collective lack of education (or appreciation of education) and the mixed messages being targeted at young urban America . Bashir says, “The criminal justice is a system that will never respect you unless you demand that it does. This generation has the money, the power, the voice to change this system for the better.”
RAW LAW: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice (Cash Money Content/Atria Books; on-sale February 15, 2011; $22.00 Hardcover; $15.99 Trade Paperback) marks the imprint debut from Cash Money Content, a book publishing venture with Atria Books spearheaded by the forces behind the Cash Money Records empire. In his book, Bashir gets “real” with readers about the inner workings of the criminal justice system, with a goal of informing those already in trouble about their rights and the intricate process they face, as well as discouraging those who are on the edge from wading further into the troubled waters of being on the wrong side of the law. Bashir makes it clear that RAW LAW is not intended to make you a better criminal. True to his oath to serving justice first and foremost, he states, “Even if you are a hardened criminal or just plain foolish, you deserve the best of what the system has to offer. Unfortunately, the system is not equipped to give you what you deserve, “˜equal justice under the law.'” RAW LAW, filled with real-life stories pulled from his extensive legal career, was born out of Bashir’s belief that there was not enough straight talk about the perils of becoming entangled in the criminal justice system for America ‘s youth.
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