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The Hustle of Kim Foxx (The Marshall Project)

Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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After the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, Chicagoans demanded change. Can a new state’s attorney, the first black woman to hold the position, bring real reform to a broken system?

With a brick on her desk from the Cabrini-Green housing project where she spent her childhood, Kim Foxx must adapt her hard-won ideals to the realities of criminal justice in Chicago. In this intimate narrative by award-winning author Steve Bogira, Foxx reveals: “My mother taught me how to be a hustler. Hustle in the sense of work hard, grind - find a way out of no way.”

Steve Bogira’s The Hustle of Kim Foxx is part of Southside, a collection of five true stories about racism and reform, crime and corruption, justice and injustice in Chicago - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Marshall Project. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Steve Bogira (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Kim Foxx

Enjoyed The Marshall's Project book. Insightful!!! The background of information provides understanding for the why's and the need for change.

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didn't enjoy didn't finish dry book hate the sto

struggled with it hated it, hard to follow it really wasn't interesting sorry just dry didn't finish could get into it

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Very thoughtfully written

I love the tone and inflection of the narrator (not over the top, and doesn't attempt to sway in any direction). I feel like there is so much more I want to know about Kim Fox now. one book could only scratch the surface.

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New boss, not so different from the old boss

This book provided a good learning experience, because it shows why it's so difficult to reform the criminal justice system. I felt the author tried to setup high expectations based on the new state's attorney knowing what it's like to grow up in Chicago's housing projects. But the new state's attorney seemed to lose energy as the story progressed, setting up a sense that nothing really changes.

Some positive changes were made, thankfully. The practice of keeping some individuals in jail who were unable to pay basic fines or make a low bail pending trial was modified. About time too. But such changes had been planned for a long time, and then the whole idea of reform suddenly got bogged down again, not to mention the unglamorous tasks inherent to the job. The focus shifted to press conferences, as it was before. Does the office change a person that much, I wondered. Fame and fortune changes people, I guess.

I think the author was committed to a different type of story than the one played out. Meanwhile the carnage continues, and the families of the victims often cannot afford funeral expenses.

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Speaks to RealLife!

This was an excellent read! Tells the story of rising above your circumstances, yet you remember what it’s like being there.
Offering opportunity when most discredit you for the offenses you commit. Understanding what it is like and being empathetic! Being about change and making change. Kim Foxx was a definite example of what is lacking in our system.
Everyone isn’t a misfit! There are laws and regulations that need to be changed and/or updated, but no one is willing to stand up or get busy with the efforts to create opportunity for change.
Giving second chances because some times the right people do the wrong thing for right reasons. Being a part of the struggle gave her an advantage to the actual lifestyle and not an outsider’s envision.
When one experiences first hand and they do not forget; they want to offer a solution to ensure others are granted an opportunity ie a chance to change!
Kim Foxx wanted to be that voice of reasoning and she did despite what others said or tried to do!

It’s was refreshing! If there were more people in positions of authority that actually cared about rehabilitation and not cruel and inhuman punishment this world would be a much better place.

The struggle of society life would cut down on certain acts of crime.
Knowing Kim Foxx recognized that was inspiring.

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