Criminal Justice Reform: The Present Moment

22 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2015

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Lynn Adelman

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of WI

Date Written: November 25, 2014

Abstract

As part of a symposium on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Review, this paper, entitled “Criminal Justice Reform: The Present Moment,” discusses whether we have reached a point where we have a realistic opportunity to implement major reforms in our criminal justice system. While recognizing both that the prospects for reform are greater than they have been, largely because of the increased awareness of the harm caused by mass incarceration, and that some progress has been made as, for example, the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata upholding a lower court decision requiring California to reduce its prison population by approximately 40,000, the paper points out that any reforms would come on the heels of an approximately 35 year period of unremitting punitive legislation. As a result, it will be very difficult to put a serious dent in the mountain of harsh consequences, both direct and collateral, that is part of our present criminal justice system.

Suggested Citation

Adelman, Lynn, Criminal Justice Reform: The Present Moment (November 25, 2014). Wisconsin Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584505

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