Prosecuting Rap

Challenging the use of rap in the criminal justice system


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Explore how rap music is used in the criminal justice system and the scope of this website

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Find expert witnesses and access legal scholarship and resources

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Explore scholarship, reports and Prosecuting Rap past events on the criminalisation of rap and young people


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Read press coverage and blogs as well as commentaries commissioned for this site

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Deeper than rap

Look into the politics and creativity of rap music in response to - and well beyond - the justice system

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Learn about the work of US Rap on Trial scholars and project partners