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By Elaine Halleck,Alex Landon

Literary Nonfiction (Criminal legislations, Race kin, U.S. Political History). modern Fiction. a special mixing of nonfiction (the safety lawyer's standpoint) and fiction (the writer's view) on a subject of devastating challenge to sufferers, the accused and, unusually, the entire remainder of us. Alex Landon (the legal professional) and Elaine Halleck (the novelist) discover a tough subject — the impact of legislation enacted within the aftermath of brutal and sensationalized crimes, frequently murders of white little 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 giant and obscure perceptions which are themselves embraced with ethical fervor.

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

The atmosphere of either stories is generally California, stated to be the way forward for the area. the following, helicopters pursuing "illegal aliens," scrambling jet opponents, and black towers beaming Amber signals preside over 14-lane freeways. This panorama is convulsed every now and then by means of abductions of photogenic young children — infrequent tragedies which are crafted into media tsunamis bringing of their wake “designer legislation” that finally make issues worse.

The panorama is highlighted by way of a photo: a blonde, Sunday college instructor stares at a working laptop or computer, her hand protecting her mouth, whereas a sheriff exhibits 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 typical 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 yankee 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 legal legislations. he's an accessory professor on the college of San Diego institution of legislation, educating Corrections and Sentencing for 26 years; prior president of California lawyers for felony Justice and the San Diego legal safety Bar organization; and previous govt Director of the Defenders application of San Diego, Inc. he's a common speaker at seminars and public programs. 

Elaine Halleck is a journalist, image fashion designer and linguist. She has contributed to courses together with the (Detroit) Metro instances, the Tokyo magazine, the Sacramento information and evaluation and the Guadalajara Reporter.

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