Reviews

“A thorough and enlightening study of the Great Writ. No discussion of habeas corpus in the postconviction context can afford to ignore this important book.”

–Professor Daniel J. Meltzer, Story Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

“A well-written, accessible, and fairly nontechnical overview of the function of the writ of habeas corpus, the ways in which it is and is not working, and an effectively presented case for reform. Few books cover as much ground in as concise a manner.”

– Professor Todd Pettys, University of Iowa College of Law

“King and Hoffmann have written a timely and fascinating primer on the recent history of the writ’s evolution, and they point the way toward future changes by underscoring two of the central problems that will continue to confront us in the decades to come: wrongful convictions and inadequate defense lawyering at trials. Their rich description of the role habeas corpus plays in our system provides an engaging introduction for all interested in criminal justice.”

- Professor Brandon L. Garrett, University of Virginia Law School

“The book provides a concise history of the writ and a well-written, accessible argument for its position . . . well-cited . . . . Those studying or researching criminal justice or criminal law will find this a quick read about an important issue in criminal jurisprudence . . . . Recommended.”

– Choice – Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

A “practical and empirical study of how the Supreme Court has defined habeas  corpus and the implications of the federal courts’ habeas policy. . . . The book has a clear, consistent theme, and is well-organized and well-written. Its tone is professional and scholarly, yet the book would be accessible to anyone with an interest in habeas corpus . . .  thoughtful and well-researched . . .  Whether or not one agrees with the conclusions presented by King and Hoffmann . . .[the book has] provided political scientists and historians with perspectives on habeas corpus that they need to consider.”

– Law & Politics

Habeas for the Twenty-First Century is a work perfectly suited for academic libraries, and it would make a solid addition to any such library supporting programs in law, political science, criminal justice, or public policy. Throughout their book, King and Hoffmann have provided sufficient background for readers with limited knowledge of the subject area to follow their arguments and reasoning . . .  Habeas for the Twenty-First Century offers an exciting take on an important societal problem, arguments well supported by empirical research, and intriguing proposals that may spur changes in the law.

– Law Library Journal