A Parallel Universe by Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon

By Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon

Literary Nonfiction (Criminal legislations, Race kinfolk, U.S. Political History). modern Fiction. a different mixing of nonfiction (the protection lawyer's standpoint) and fiction (the writer's view) on a subject matter of devastating situation to sufferers, the accused and, strangely, the entire remainder of us. Alex Landon (the attorney) and Elaine Halleck (the novelist) discover a tricky subject — the influence of legislation enacted within the aftermath of brutal and sensationalized crimes, often murders of white kids — on these accused of lesser intercourse crimes and on society as an entire. the 2 authors' bills "parallel" each other, describing accused humans exiled into "a parallel universe" the place ideas 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 colossal and obscure perceptions which are themselves embraced with ethical fervor.

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

The environment of either stories is generally California, stated to be the way forward for the realm. 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 every now and then through abductions of photogenic teenagers — 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 tuition instructor stares at a working laptop or computer, her hand overlaying her mouth, whereas a sheriff indicates her “Megan’s list,” a database profiling one out of each a hundred thirty five California males — which may comprise stuck together with his underage female friend, or a guy who took a leak in a box close to the Mexican border. outdoors the picture body are those that enabled it: politicians molding incorrect information into photographs starring themselves as saviors. “An usual intercourse criminal, of their lifetime, commits 360 intercourse offenses," claims one.

Thus is created a category of guys who reside 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 at the same time a witch hunt exiles him right into a parallel universe the place ideas enshrined in that dream are ignored.

Alex Landon is an legal professional focusing on felony legislations. he's an accessory professor on the college of San Diego institution of legislation, instructing Corrections and Sentencing for 26 years; previous president of California lawyers for legal Justice and the San Diego felony safeguard Bar organization; and previous govt Director of the Defenders software of San Diego, Inc. he's a common speaker at seminars and public programs. 

Elaine Halleck is a journalist, image 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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