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Criminal Justice Expert Hails Choice of “Justice” as Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster
Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., J.D. -- Author of Fifty Books Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., J.D. -- Author of Fifty Books
Lafayette , CA
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Symbol of Justice


            After writing seven books dealing with "justice," criminal justice expert Paul Brakke, publisher of American Leadership Books, hails the choice of "justice" by Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publishers, as its 2018 word of the year. 

             Merriam-Webster made this choice because the word "justice" has been featured in the daily news cycles for the past months.  According to Peter Sokolowski's, the company's editor-at-large, the word "justice" consistently rose to the top 20 to 30 lookups on the company's website.  So it showed both a high volume of traffic and a significant increase in lookups during the year.

             Ironically, Brakke chose "Crime in America" to be the title of his next book on conservatives' approaches to criminals, police, criminal justice, and the opioid crisis, since a search on Amazon's database of popular keywords showed "criminal justice" had relatively few hits, compared to "crime" which had much more.  "Criminal justice is too abstract and sounds too academic," a book publicity guru told him.

             However, now that "justice" has been recognized as a popular word in searches like "racial justice," "obstruction of justice," "social justice," and the "Justice Department," Brakke is delighted that the word has been properly recognized. Thus, he plans to use the word in his next series of books which deal with "criminal justice" in American, such as Fractured America, Prisons in America, and The Opioid Crisis in America. Plus he has used the word in the subtitle for his latest book: Crime in America: Conservatives' Approaches toward Criminals, Police, Criminal Justice, and the Opioid Crisis

             To learn more about different aspects of the criminal justice system -- from the crime to police arrests, prison, and going to court, you can get a free review copy of Crime in America, which is also available for preorder, on Amazon.  Brakke is offering these books for free to anyone who wants to review and comment on the book -- just go to www.crimeinamericathebook.com to get a copy.  Also, copies are available for government officials who might turn some of Brakke's suggestions for reducing crime and fixing the criminal justice system into legislation.  Members of the media are invited to request copies of the book, too.

            To help draw attention to the suggested fixes in the book, Brakke has additionally launched a video and social media campaign about justice in America today, with five new videos each day. The first 10 are featured on his American Leadership Books' YouTube channel.  Among the most recent videos is "Want to Know More about U.S. Crime and Prisons?" https://youtu.be/87fLsRId3Is

            Brakke's next books -- Fractured America and Prisons in America -- will be out in the next few months.

            For media copies of the Crime in America book, along with additional information on American Leadership Books and Paul Brakke, and to set up interviews, please contact:

Jana Collins

Jones & O'Malley

Toluca Lake, California


(818) 762-8353

Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., J.D.
Changemakers Publishing and Writing
Lafayette, CA
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