Where is Criminal Justice in this Presidential Year?

4 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2008

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Stephen A. Saltzburg

George Washington University School of Law

Date Written: November 13, 2008


This article notes that throughout the presidential campaigns there has been little emphasis on criminal justice and few serious proposals by candidates for changing or improving the way in which the federal government enforces criminal law. There has been little discussion about the respective roles that the federal government and the states should play in law enforcement. The author calls for the next president to convene an inclusive national congress on criminal justice. He encourages the president to bring together prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, legislators, law enforcement, correctional officials, probation and parole officers, academics, victims advocacy groups, other public interest organizations, and ordinary citizens to reexamine and establish our criminal justice priorities, to propose reforms that will identify more clearly those whose criminal acts warrant long prison sentences and those who are better served by treatment.

Keywords: criminal justice, presidential campaign

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Saltzburg, Stephen A., Where is Criminal Justice in this Presidential Year? (November 13, 2008). Criminal Justice, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2008 ; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 454; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 454. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1301002

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