Crook County: Book discussion by author, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Crook County: Book discussion by author, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve will lead a discussion about her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court (2016, Stanford University Press).

Crook County book

"After ten years and over 1,000 hours of working in and observing the largest criminal courthouse in the country, Chicago-Cook County, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve takes readers inside to our so-called halls of justice to witness the types of everyday racial abuses that fester within the courts, often in plain sight...Crook County's powerful, and at times devastating, stories reveal a legal culture steeped in racial stigma—a pernicious legal world where courtroom actors live and breathe racism while simultaneously committing themselves to a colorblind ideal. This book urges all citizens to take a closer look at the way we do justice in America and to hold our arbiters of justice accountable to a high standard of equality."


Co-sponsored by the Seminary Coop Bookstore, the UChicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and SSA as a part of our Illuminating (In)Justice Series.

The Seminary Coop Bookstore will be selling book at the event for $26.46 total ($24 list price + tax) and will accept all credit cards and checks. Cash will be accepted with exact change only. The author will be available to sign purchased books.

We invite attendees within and outside of the field of social work to this event as we recognize the value of social justice efforts that are collaborative and interdisciplinary. This event is part of an ongoing series focused broadly in the area of criminal justice, crime, violence and exposure to violence organized by SSA’s Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and its faculty and community partners.

If you are a person with a disability who will need assistance, please contact us prior to the event at 773.702.9700. 

About Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve:

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a legal studies fellow and received the Badesch Fellowship from the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award and the 2015 New Scholar Award (co-winner) awarded by American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime. She is also an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court, and her legal commentary has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.  Her recent op-ed in the New York Times entitled, "Chicago’s Racist Cops and Racist Courts" shows the complicity of the criminal courts in the racist culture of policing and injustice in Chicago.