Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem

Virtual film premiere and panel discussion of new documentary inspired by HLS professor Alexandra Natapoff’s book, “Punishment Without Crime”

Join the Harvard Law School Library on March 11, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST, for a live screening and panel discussion of “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem,” a new documentary about the racial history and modern discrimination of the American misdemeanor system. The film, produced by Brave New Films and directed by Robert Greenwald, was inspired by HLS Professor Alexandra Natapoff’s book, “Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal” (Basic Books, 2018). The screening is also part of the Policing in America lecture series at HLS.

The event is open to the public and will stream live on YouTube. Running time: approximately 30 minutes.

Panelists:

  • Alexandra Natapoff, Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Robert Greenwald, Founder, Brave New Films
  • Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Udi Ofer, Director, Justice Division and Deputy National Political Director, ACLU
  • Dr. Sandra Susan Smith, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice & Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School

The event is cosponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the Program in Criminal Justice Policy & Management at Harvard Kennedy School, and Brave New Films.