Alec Karakatsanis

A former public defender, Alec Karakatsanis is the founder of the Civil Rights Corps, an organization designed to advocate for racial justice and bring systemic civil rights cases on behalf of impoverished people. He was named the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice and was awarded the Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South by Gideon’s Promise. The author of Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System (The New Press), he lives in Washington, DC.

News and Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“A fiery indictment of America’s criminal justice system [and a] provocative cri de coeur.”

Books by Alec Karakatsanis

Usual Cruelty
The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

Alec Karakatsanis