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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Goldrosen on Preemption of Progressive Prosecutors

Nicholas Goldrosen (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge) has posted The New Preemption of Progressive Prosecutors (Illinois Law Review Online (Forthcoming)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In statehouses across the nation, legislators are introducing bills undermining the discretion of progressive prosecutors to decline to prosecute certain offenses. I situate these bills as part of the broader trend of the "new preemption" of local progressive policy, which local officials have few means to resist. I also argue that these bills undercut the power of progressive prosecutors as a source of criminal justice reform. Instead, these bills show that a focus on statehouses, alongside courthouses, is needed.

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