The Criminal Justice Club Reviews



“Probably the best insight into California’s penal and court system that has come along in a long time. A story that only could have been told by someone of Walt Lewis’s prosecutorial experience. This is a must read by those in and out of the system who want to make it work.” ––Steve Cooley, District Attorney, Los Angeles County

“The Criminal Justice Club offers the reader a totally realistic picture of what occurs in California’s criminal justice system. Lewis’s writing style is clear and understandable.”

––Judge Peter S. Smith, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret.)

“[The Criminal Justice Club] should be mandatory reading for law students interested in a career in criminal law and police recruits who will be part of the criminal justice system.”

––Daniel B. Watson, Chief of Police, City of South Pasadena, California

“[The Criminal Justice Club] was a wonderful book, a great read.” ––Roi Brown, retired Los Angeles police officer, currently a private detective and president of Cal-State Recovery.

“This book tells the truth. Anyone who wants to know how the criminal justice system really works in California must read this book.

The author spent his career as a prosecutor in Los Angeles. Over the years, he became especially annoyed by the reporting of criminal justice issues in the Los Angeles Times. After he retired, he pulled out his scrapbook of clippings and went to work. This book is the result.

The book’s structure is episodic. Mr. Lewis mixes tales of trials with autobiographical anecdotes, which are actually quite fascinating.

If you think you want to be a lawyer dealing with criminal issues in California, you must read this book. If you are a lay person with an interest in such issues, you will want to read this book.

Just don’t ever expect to read a review of this book in the Los Angeles Times.” –– Sierra S., Nevada City, CA

“Walt Lewis’s book, The Criminal Justice Club, is the most honest and informative book about the criminal justice system in California, particularly Los Angeles County. After reading this book, you will know more about how the system works than most. And most importantly, you will have the tools necessary to “unspin” biased news reports regarding criminal cases.

Besides informing the public of the practicalities of crimes, courts, and the Club (Lewis’s term for the people most intimately involved with the system), Lewis attacks the way the media, particularly The Los Angeles Times, reports on criminal justice. In doing so, he expertly cites countless instances where Los Angeles Times writers have reported false information about criminal cases, criminal legislative bills and ballot initiatives, and general criminal justice topics. Throughout the book, Lewis exhorts the media to stop reporting falsities, which support a political agenda.

Lewis also identifies himself as a former “soft-on-crime” advocate. He describes his slow change throughout his career, as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney, to a strong advocate for public safety. He makes insightful social commentary and admonishes individuals and the media to change.

Finally, the book not only informs but entertains as well. Interspersed between all the debunking of false media reports are several of Lewis’s “war stories” as a prosecutor (like “THE HITMAN THE JURY LOVED TO HUG”). And Lewis’s writing style is like listening to an old friend talk to you across the dinner table. The book is hard to put down. Enjoy!”

––-Amapedia By Amazon