Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties
Florida State University College of Law (deceased)
Jennifer M. Collins
Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
Ethan J. Leib
Fordham University School of Law
University of Illinois Law Review, August 2007
Florida State University College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 221
Wake Forest University Legal Studies Paper No. 933427
This Article asks two basic questions: When does, and when should, the state use the criminal justice apparatus to accommodate family ties, responsibilities, and interests? We address these questions by first revealing a variety of laws that together form a string of family ties subsidies and benefits pervading the criminal justice system. Notwithstanding our recognition of the important role family plays in securing the conditions for human flourishing, we then explain the basis for erecting a Spartan presumption against these family ties subsidies and benefits within the criminal justice system. We delineate the scope and rationale for the presumption and under what circumstances it might be overcome. When the presumption is overcome, we urge distributing the benefit on terms that are neutral to family status, if possible, with a focus instead on functions served by established relationships of care-giving responsibility.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 82
Keywords: crime, criminal law, family, criminal justice, criminal procedure
Date posted: September 29, 2006
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