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By Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon

Literary Nonfiction (Criminal legislation, Race family, U.S. Political History). modern Fiction. a special mixing of nonfiction (the safety lawyer's standpoint) and fiction (the writer's view) on an issue of devastating trouble to sufferers, the accused and, strangely, the entire remainder of us. Alex Landon (the attorney) and Elaine Halleck (the novelist) discover a tough subject — the influence of legislation enacted within the aftermath of brutal and sensationalized crimes, often murders of white young ones — on these accused of lesser intercourse crimes and on society as a complete. the 2 authors' bills "parallel" each other, describing accused humans exiled into "a parallel universe" the place rules enshrined within the American dream are ignored.

Two stories of public folly and private devastation

In this genre-busting morality story, authors take the reader on unforeseen trips — unforeseen simply because they oppose huge and imprecise perceptions which are themselves embraced with ethical fervor.

The timeline of either the fictitious and nonfictional tale starts in 2000 and traverses a nervous decade. The "millennium computer virus" does not materialize, however the Sep 11 assaults do, bringing a stampede of apocalyptic horsemen — illness scares, fiscal malaise, a mindless struggle and simmering racism.

The atmosphere of either stories is usually California, acknowledged to be the way forward for the area. right here, helicopters pursuing "illegal aliens," scrambling jet warring parties, and black towers beaming Amber signals preside over 14-lane freeways. This panorama is convulsed at times through abductions of photogenic little ones — infrequent tragedies which are crafted into media tsunamis bringing of their wake “designer legislation” that finally make issues worse.

The panorama is highlighted by means of a image: a blonde, Sunday college instructor stares at a working laptop or computer, her hand protecting her mouth, whereas a sheriff indicates her “Megan’s list,” a database profiling one out of each a hundred thirty five California males — that may contain stuck together with his underage female friend, or a guy who took a leak in a box close to the Mexican border. outdoor the picture body are those that enabled it: politicians molding incorrect information into photographs starring themselves as saviors. “An standard intercourse criminal, of their lifetime, commits 360 intercourse offenses," claims one.

Thus is created a category of fellows who dwell in worry of a knock at the door, don’t get jobs and are pushed from their houses. One is Danny Fernandez, a unmarried father who clings to the yank dream while a witch hunt exiles him right into a parallel universe the place ideas enshrined in that dream are ignored.

Alex Landon is an lawyer focusing on legal legislations. he's an accessory professor on the college of San Diego university of legislations, educating Corrections and Sentencing for 26 years; previous president of California legal professionals for legal Justice and the San Diego felony security Bar organization; and previous government Director of the Defenders software of San Diego, Inc. he's a widespread speaker at seminars and public programs. 

Elaine Halleck is a journalist, photo dressmaker and linguist. She has contributed to guides together with the (Detroit) Metro instances, the Tokyo magazine, the Sacramento information and overview and the Guadalajara Reporter.

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