To Punish and Protect

Against a System That Coddles Criminals

By Jeanine Pirro; Catherine Whitney
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9780743265683, 304pp.)

Publication Date: September 28, 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Deemed "the avenging angel of American justice" (Chris Matthews, Hardball), Jeanine Pirro, the famed Westchester County district attorney, presents hard truths about a justice system that she believes coddles criminals at the expense of innocent victims. Taking readers inside her daily battles on behalf of victims -- from the adolescent girl forced to assume wifely duties after her father murdered her stepmother to a hardworking man shot over a parking place -- District Attorney Pirro delivers a bold indictment of the criminal justice system and lays bare the ways in which parents, communities, and the system share complicity in fostering a dangerous environment for our citizens.

With the blunt courage of a woman who has spent her entire career working in a male-dominated world, Pirro demonstrates determination and compassion that will inspire anyone who has ever been a victim -- or a victim's loved one.

Finally, To Punish and Protect includes updated appendixes to help you and your loved ones make smart decisions about safety.




About the Author

Jeanine Pirro began her career as a prosecutor more than twenty-five years ago. She was elected the first woman jurist to sit on the Westchester County Court bench, and her High Technology Crimes unit has garnered nationwide attention for its undercover stings against pedophiles and child pornographers. As a trial prosecutor, she had a 100 percent felony conviction rate. She lives in Harrison, New York.




Praise For To Punish and Protect

Judge Judy Sheindlin To Punish and Protect debunks the psychobabble of excuses for criminals and it serves as a battle cry for the rights of victims. I knew I liked Jeanine Pirro's style -- now I am a fan. Read her book and you will be, too.

Publishers Weekly This book serves several purposes: to stoke public consciousness of crime and contempt for criminals, to mobilize support for toughening the penal laws, and to position the author as a remorselessly angry crusader....

New York Law Journal I defy any reader...to be unmoved.

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