Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


A bipartisan group of police chiefs, prosecutors, and policy figures will urge the Trump administration to reverse course on harsh policing practices (NYT).

The current money bail system relies on the financial resources of the accused, regardless of whether that person poses a public safety risk, writes Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, for the Harvard Law Review Blog.

Louisiana has made historic strides in reforming its criminal justice system; other states and the federal government should build on that success, writes Lisa Graybill at the Harvard Law Review Blog.

Speaking the language of progressivism is meaningless if prosecutors continue to promote harsh practices behind the scenes—we out to make sure prosecutors are actual criminal justice reformers, writes Josie Duffy Rice at the New York Times.

Prosecutors across the country jail innocent crime victims and witnesses in hopes of insuring their testimony in court (New Yorker).

On Wednesday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will have their first chance to question Attorney General Jeff Sessions since his confirmation; they should ask him about the abrupt reversals from Obama-era practiceswrites Dan Froomkin at ACSblog.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder criticized the Trump Administration’s criminal justice policies as “not smart on crime” (The Hill).

Law enforcement leaders are pressuring the Trump Administration to join the “bipartisan movement for criminal justice reform” (Sentencing Law & Policy).

The Amber Alert program should extend to tribal lands, write Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Mark Brnovich at The Hill.


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House conducts a "listening session" with criminal justice reform advocates focused on prisoner re-entry. The Justice Department is heightening efforts to increase the use of capital punishment.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Attorney General announced stepped-efforts to address the opioid crisis.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School