Book Review of “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice”

One of the best books I have ever read on the criminal justice system is the book, “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice”. Here, author Adam Benforado gives us a different way to look at the American criminal justice system. He takes an unconventional approach as he explores many flaws within the system, that result in false accusations and unjust convictions of innocent people. Many of the issues highlighted in this book are widely known, but rarely expressed as candidly as this.

In this book, the reader is made aware of certain behaviors that are exhibited by those in authoritative positions, which could be linked to physical or mental abnormalities. The author explains how dysfunctions of the human brain can cause aggressive behavior toward a potential suspect. He also discusses the biases that can lead to the same. The author gives the example of how based on biases and closed minds, some judges tend to pre-judge cases. It is highly possible in these cases that judges are allowing their training and past experiences to lead them to conclude innocence or guilt. It is not surprising then, how contrasting perceptions, biases, and moral values could lead to unethical behavior by law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges.

Mr. Benforado highlights the issues well and really makes you think. Even though we often hear about our severly flawed system of justice, many turn a blind eye to the fact that it all begins with the individuals that make up the system.I chose to read this book because I love learning about anything having to do with law. With that said, I honestly enjoyed this book. Mr. Benforado has a way of showing his own personality and his experience in his writing. I fully recommend this book and I encourage you to check out the extended notes for this book at

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Source: Book Review of “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice”


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