Good Person, Good Prosecutor in 2018

6 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2018

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Abbe Smith

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: October 16, 2018


Nearly twenty years ago, I wrote an essay on the ethics of prosecution in a time of mass incarceration called “Can You Be a Good Person and a Good Prosecutor?” I am both pleased and perplexed that the essay, which caused some controversy at the time, continues to strike a chord — at least with the organizers of this online conversation. I appreciate the invitation to weigh in on whether you can be a good person and a good prosecutor in 2018.

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Smith, Abbe, Good Person, Good Prosecutor in 2018 (October 16, 2018). Fordham Law Review Online, Vol. 87, 2018, Available at SSRN:

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