Criminal Justice Advocacy

Criminal Justice

Building on his early work as an attorney at the D.C. Public Defender’s Office, Steven has been a longtime advocate for criminal justice reform. He edited the critically-lauded book The Real War On Crime and his advocacy has been featured in The New Yorker and other publications.


Study of the National Criminal Justice Commission: The Real War On Crime

Though every politician claims to be tough on crime, our policies have been maddeningly ineffective. Confronting this explosive issue, the National Criminal Justice Commission provides what is perhaps most compelling study of crime in American in more than two decades.

Tikkun: Fear, Crime and Punishment in the United States

In a comprehensive essay published in Tikkun in 1997, Steven Donziger assesses why incarceration rates in the United States are some of the highest in world while fear of crime continues to permeate almost every dimension of our society.  His answer: the prison-industrial complex poses dangers similar to the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about.

The New Yorker: America Busted

Author Eric Schlosser writes about Steven’s work with the non-profit National Criminal Justice Commission in the New Yorker’s Talk of the Town section.