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What Happens When Hip Hop Meets Judicial Theory ?

You can find out for yourself at this upcoming event. Paul Butler is a former federal prosecutor and cutting-edge legal scholar who offers new perspectives on snitching, drug prohibition, how technology can improve justice, and introduces the concept of jury nullification—voting “not-guilty” on principle—as a powerful way to protest unfair laws, and offers several innovative suggestions for undoing the damage of mass incarceration in his new book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice. The Public Square, a project of the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting a talk and discussion with Butler on June 8th, 2009.

Monday, June 8
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.413.5353.

Paul Butler’s book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice is a controversial new critique of the criminal justice system. In this smart and provocative book, Butler, whose work has been covered everywhere from Harpers to 60 Minutes, combines anecdotes from the front lines and his own experiences as a black prosecutor in DC with an incisive takedown of America’s lock-‘em-up culture.

This event is co-sponsored by The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and The Public Square.

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