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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Richman on The (Immediate) Future of Prosecution

Daniel C. Richman (Columbia Law School) has posted The (Immediate) Future of Prosecution (Fordham Urban Law Journal, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Even as others make cogent arguments for diminishing the work of prosecutors, work remains – cases that must be brought against a backdrop of existing economic inequality and structural racism and of an array of impoverished institutional alternatives. The (immediate) future of prosecution requires thoughtful engagement with these tragic circumstances, but it also will inevitably involve the co-production of sentences that deter and incapacitate. Across-the-board sentencing discounts based on such circumstances are no substitute for the thoughtful intermediation that only the courtroom working group – judges, prosecutors and defense counsel – can provide. The (immediate) future also requires prosecutors to do more to recognize the distinctive role they can play in combating illegitimate domination.

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