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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Adelman on Criminal Justice Reform

Lynn Adelman (U.S. District Court - Eastern District of WI) has posted Criminal Justice Reform: The Present Moment (Wisconsin Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

As part of a symposium on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Review, this paper, entitled “Criminal Justice Reform: The Present Moment,” discusses whether we have reached a point where we have a realistic opportunity to implement major reforms in our criminal justice system. While recognizing both that the prospects for reform are greater than they have been, largely because of the increased awareness of the harm caused by mass incarceration, and that some progress has been made as, for example, the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata upholding a lower court decision requiring California to reduce its prison population by approximately 40,000, the paper points out that any reforms would come on the heels of an approximately 35 year period of unremitting punitive legislation. As a result, it will be very difficult to put a serious dent in the mountain of harsh consequences, both direct and collateral, that is part of our present criminal justice system.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2015/04/adelman-on-criminal-justice-reform.html

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