Thursday, April 15, 2021
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.