Do Prosecutors Have Too Much Power?

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It's a question with significance in Boston and around the country: do prosecutors have too much power?

(Courtesy Emily Bazelon)
(Courtesy Emily Bazelon)

Emily Bazelon is a New York Times Magazine Staff writer whose new book dives deep into this question — examining how the power of prosecutors has grown over the last 40 years, and the effects that has had on our justice system.

Meanwhile, Suffolk County's own progressive District Attorney Rachael Rollins is challenging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's authority to detain undocumented people in courtrooms.

Bazelon's book talks about the efforts of reform DA's across the country — and the two sit down in our studio for a wide-ranging conversation on the criminal justice system.


Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine staff writer. Her new book is "Charged: The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration." She tweets @emilybazelon.

Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney. She tweets @DARollins.

This article was originally published on April 29, 2019.

This segment aired on April 29, 2019.


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