Jocelyn Simonson

A former public defender, Jocelyn Simonson is professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and the leading national authority on community bail funds. Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court and discussed in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the Associated Press, and she has written for the New York Times, The Nation, n+1, the Washington Post, and others. Radical Acts of Justice (The New Press) is her first book. She lives in New York City.

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News and Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Read a review of Jocelyn Simonson’s “must-read” Radical Acts of Justice in Publishers Weekly.

Hammer and Hope

Read an excerpt from Radical Acts of Justice in Hammer and Hope about the power of participatory defense and the work of Community Defense of East Tennessee.

The Nation

Read an excerpt from Radical Acts of Justice in The Nation about how courtwatchers are shifting the power dynamics in courtrooms across the country.

Books by Jocelyn Simonson

Radical Acts of Justice
How Ordinary People Are Dismantling Mass Incarceration

Jocelyn Simonson