Index of Criminal Justice Section Policy Initiatives

The following is an  alphabetical index of policy initiatives that have either been sponsored or co-sponsored by the Section, as well as some additional policies that pertain to the criminal justice system. Covering from Midyear 1990 through the present, the policy index and database will be updated twice a year, after each Midyear Meeting and Annual Meeting.

To view a policy on a particular subject matter, scroll down the alphabetical listing below (or use the alphabet links to skip to the desired letter) and click on the corresponding meeting and resolution number to the right.   [Note:  Clicking on any link below takes the reader to the specific policy in a document that is arranged chronologically by date of the meeting at which the policy was adopted or the resolution withdrawn.  Once in the document, the reader can scroll backward to find earlier policies or forward to find later ones.]

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Index Key
AM = Annual Meeting (Example: "AM 98-105A" indicates resolution 105A was approved at the 1998 ABA Annual Meeting)

MY = Midyear Meeting (Example: "MY 00-115" indicates resolution 115 was approved at the 2000 ABA Midyear Meeting)

ABA Criminal Justice Standards (see approved "black letter" Standards)  
Appellate Review of Sentences
MY 93 - 108A
Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons
AM03 - 101A
Defense Function
MY 91 - 104D
Discovery & Procedure Before Trial
AM 94-101A
Electronic Surveillance: Private Communications
MY 01-103A
Electronic Surveillance: Technologically-Assisted Physical Surveillance
AM 98-112A
Fair Trial Free Press
MY 91 - 104C
Guilty Pleas
AM 97 - 100C
Pretrial Release
MY 02 - 101A
Prosecution Function
MY 92 - 101A
Prosecutorial Investigations
MY 08 - 105D
Providing Defense Services
AM 90 - 101B
Sentencing Alternatives & Procedures
MY 93 - 108A
Special Functions of the Trial Judge
MY 99 - 116B
Speedy Trial
AM 04 - 111G
Treatment of Prisoners
MY10 - 102I
Trial by Jury
AM 93 - 101A
ABA Criminal Justice Standards Approval Procedures AM 91 - 105A
ABA Principles relating to Juries and Jury TrialsMY 05 - 113; AM 08 - 110
AbortionMY 90 - 106C
Administrative summonsesMY 91 - 104E
Admission to practice lawMY 08 - 112
Affirmative action (see Discrimination) 
Alternatives to incarcerationAM 04 - 1121A; MY10 - 102C
Appeal, immediate relating to attorney-client privilegeMY 09 - 301
Appellate courts, ABA Standards on
(see also ABA Criminal Justice Standards)
AM 94 - 102
Asset ForfeitureMY 91 - 104A; MY 96 - 113A
Attorney (contracting or retaining)MY 94 - 102
Attorney-client privilegeMY 02 - 101C
Financial Audit
AM 06 - 302A
Inadvertent disclosure
AM 06 - 120D
Immediate appeal from order rejecting
MY 09 - 301
Audiotape, interrogationsMY 04 - 008A
Bail AM 98 - 112D
Bank Secrecy ActAM 90 - 101A
Bias (See Discrimination) 
Biological evidenceAM 00 - 115; AM 06 - 107
Blueprint (for corrections)AM 02 - 107
Cameras in courtrooms (see ABA Standards:
Fair Trial Free Press)
 
Experimentation with Cameras in federal civil proceedings
MY 95 - 106
Capital punishment (see Death Penalty) 
Categorical approach: collateral consequencesAM 09 - 113
Child abuse and neglectAM 95 - 116B; MY 96 - 112A
Child victimMY 09 - 101D
Child witness testimony (NCCUSL)MY 03 - 113C
Children (with parents in correctional custody)AM 96 - 104B
Civil/criminal concurrent proceedingsMY 93 - 108B
Collateral consequences of convictionsMY 07 - 103E; AM 09 - 113; MY10 - 111B
Collateral SanctionsAM 04 - 121D
Collateral Sanctions - StandardsAM 03 - 101A
Commission on Effective Community SanctionsMY 07 - 103A; MY 07 - 103B;
MY 07 - 103C; MY 07 - 103D;
MY 07 - 103E; MY 07 - 103F
Community Corrections - Model Adult Community
Corrections Act
MY 92 - 101D
Community notificationMY 09 - 101A
Community service programsAM 93 - 10G
Compassionate releaseAM 96 - 109
Compensation for the erroneously convictedMY 05 - 108A
Conditional admission to practice lawAM 09 - 108
ConfessionsAM 04 - 111F
Conflict of interestAM 08 - 114
Congressional committeeAM 96 - 104A
Constitution as supreme law of the landMY 03 - 112
Continuing Legal Education re racial, ethnic, gender,
disabilities bias
MY 04 - 110
Coordinating councilsMY 90 - 100B
Correctional accreditationAM 93 - 101C
Correctional commission (national)AM 99 - 133C
Corrections (see also ABA Treatment of Prisoners Standards)MY 90 - 100B
Accreditation
AM 93 - 101C
Adult community corrections act
AM 91 - 105B
Community supervision
MY 07 - 103A
Compassionate release
AM 96 - 109
Correctional Education
MY 90 - 115C
Elderly offenders
MY 00 - 102B
Legislation
AM 95 - 120B
Literacy
MY 92 - 101C
Military prisons
AM 90 - 102
National Commission on
AM 99 - 133C; MY 00 - 102B
Oversight
AM 08 - 104B
Parents in correctional custody
AM 96 - 104B
Prison and jail impact statements
MY 90 - 115A
Prison and jail privatization
MY 90 - 115B
Treatment of Prisoners Standards
MY 10 - 102I
Work
MY 02 - 101B
Counsel at bailAM 98 - 112D
Counsel for child victimsMY 09 - 101D
Court accomodations for disabledMY 02 - 112
Court delayMY 90 - 100B
Court-martialMY 93 - 107A; AM 93 - 100;
AM 96 - 101A
; MY 97 - 100; AM 01 - 10A; AM 06 - 116
Court Organization (ABA Standards Relating to)MY 90 - 100D; MY 04 - 113A
Courts, problem-solvingAM 01 - 101A; MY10 - 105A
Crack CocaineAM 95 - 129
Crime laboratoriesAM 04 - 111B
Crime victims (see Victims) 
Criminal history records 
Employment
MY 07 - 103C
Non-law enforcement purposes
MY 07 - 103D
Criminal Justice ActBOG 4/01
Criminal Justice Racial and Ethnic Task ForcesAM 04 - 121B
Criminal Justice Standards (See ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Criminal Justice StudyAM 09 - 111B
Cross-racial identification jury instructionAM 08 - 104D
Custodial interrogations (videotaping/audiotaping)MY 04 - 8A
Death penalty  
ABA Guidelines for defense counsel
MY 03 - 107
CJ Standards
DFS 4-1.2(c); PDS 5-6.1
Litigation of
MY 90 - 115E
Native Americans
AM 91 - 117B
Mental disability/disorder
AM 06 - 122A
Moratorium
MY 97 - 107
Death penalty, militaryAM 96 - 101B; AM 01 - 10A
Defense (see Indigent Defense) 
Defense standards (in serious non-capital cases)MY 05 - 108C
Detention standards (DHE, ICE)MY 08 - 111B
Disclosure, exculpatory or mitigating evidenceMY 08 - 105B ; MY10 - 102D
DiscoveryMY 08 - 110A; MY10 - 102D
Discovery & Procedure Before Trial (see ABA
Standards on...)
AM 94 - 101A
DiscretionMY 07 - 103F
Discretionary disqualificationAM 04 - 121D
Discrimination and non-discrimination 
ABA Officers, membership in discriminatory clubs
BOG 11/93
Attorney conduct
AM 95 - 116C
CLE re
MY 04 - 110
Court Systems
MY 90 - 100E
Federal judicial system
AM 91 - 10D
Gays/lesbians
AM 96 - 10A
Model rules
AM 98 - 117
Traffic stops
AM 99 - 10A
DiversionAM 04 - 121A; MY 09 - 101B
Youth
AM 07 - 104C; MY10 - 105B
DiversityMY 95 - 111
DNA evidenceAM 06 - 107
Domestic Electronic Surveillance for National Security PurposesMY 06 - 302
Domestic violence 
Adolescents
AM 00 - 111
Child victims
AM 96 - 113
Clemency
MY 07 - 102A
Conduct of judges and lawyers
AM 96 - 120
Education
AM 03 - 120
Full faith and credit
AM 96 - 100
Funding
MY 10 - 115
Housing discrimination
MY 03 - 106B
Multidisciplinary community-based programs
AM 95 - 126
Relations with perpetrator
AM 06 - 110
Restatement of 1978 policy
MY 97 - 114
Standards for attorneys
AM 06 - 109
Training judges
MY 96 - 108
Uniform Interstate Enforcement of D.V. Protection Orders Act
MY 02 - 106F
 MY 03 - 113E
Visitation
AM 00 - 109A
Domestic Violence courts (see problem-solving courts) 
DNA EvidenceAM 00 - 115; AM 06 - 107
Drug court standardsAM 01 - 101A
Drug courts (see Problem-solving courts) 
DrugsMY 90 - 8C
Anti-Drug Abuse Amendment. etc.
MY 90 - 101B
Bar programs
AM 91 - 10F
 AM 93 - 10G
Crack, powder cocaine sentences
AM 95 - 129
Diversion
MY 94 - 100
Drug recognition program
MY 90 - 100A
Marijuana
MY 90 - 126
Needle exchange programs
AM 97 - 106B
Pretrial testing
MY 94 - 8
Problem-solving courts
AM 01 - 117
Standing Committee on Substance Abuse, creation of
AM 95 - 11-11
Dual jurisdiction youthMY 08 - 300
Elder abuse AM 96 - 102; MY 08 - 105A
Electronic filingMY 04 - 113A
Electronic information, discovery ofMY 08 - 110A
Electronic Surveillance (See ABA Crimininal Justice Standards on) 
Employer cooperation (in prosecution)AM 06 - 302B
Enemy combatantsMY 03 - 109; AM 03 - 301
Elderly prisonersMY00 - 102B
Equal opportunity (see Discrimination) 
Ethics (see Rule...) 
Ethics in Government Act (see Independent counsel) 
EthnicSee Racial/ethnic
EvidenceMY 95 - 107A
Evidence, DNAAM 00 - 115; AM 06 - 107
Evidence, exculpatory or mitigatingAM 04 - 111F; MY 08 - 105B
Evidence, preservationAM 04 - 111F
Executive clemencyAM 04 - 121C
Eyewitness identificationAM 04 - 111C
Fair trial and free press (see also ABA Criminal Justice Standards on)  
Model rules
AM 94 - 100
Family Law TrainingMY 10 - 102F
Family Unity Demonstration ProjectMY 00 - 102A
Family violence (see Domestic violence) 
Federal prosecutorial agenciesAM 96 - 104A
Federal Rules of Criminal ProcedureMY 92 - 101E; MY 97 - 107B
Rule 29 (mid-trial acquittals and double jeopardy)
MY 07 - 301
Rule 32 (pre-sentence investigation)
AM 08 - 104A
Federal Rules of EvidenceMY 95 - 107A
FederalizationAM 99 - 113A
Financial exploitationsMY 08 - 105A
FirearmsAM 08 - 11-4
Assault weapons
AM 93 - 101
Firearm safety
AM 91 - 110A
National agenda to address culture of violence
AM 94 - 10E
Property rights to exclude
MY 07 - 107
Reaffirms ABA gun policies
MY 94 - 8D
Tort liability of firearm industry
AM 01 - 10B
Tort relief for gun victims
MY 96 - 8
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)MY 03 - 118
Forensic evidenceAM 04 - 111B
Funding for justice systemAM 91 - 101; MY 92 - 122A
Funding for prosecutorsAM 04 - 111F; MY 10 - 102J
Funding for public defendersMY 10 - 102J
Gender-based violence AM 08 - 109
Government lawyersAM 99 - 112
Guilty pleas (See ABA Criminal Justice Standards)AM 97 - 100C
Guns (see Firearms) 
HIV AM 97 - 106B
Homeless 
defendants/court programs
MY 03 - 116; AM 06 - 108A
person
AM 06 - 108A; MY 07- 106
IdentificationAM 04 - 111C; AM 04 - 111F
Identity theftMY 08 - 102B
Illiteracy (see Corrections, correctional education)  
Immigration 
Categorical approach: collateral consequences
AM 09 - 113
Civil
MY 04 - 105
Criminal
MY 04 - 105; MY 10 - 102J
Detention
MY 09 - 101C
Enforcement
MY 09 - 101C
Fees and benefits
MY 08 - 111B
Impact statements (see Justice system, Judicial, Prison, Jail) 
IncarcerationAM 04 - 121A
Independent counselAM 93 - 101B; MY 99 - 116A
Indigent defendantsMY 91 - 103; AM 98 - 112D; AM 98 - 112E; BOG 4/01
Ten Principles of Public Defender Defense Delivery System
MY 02 - 107
Informants (jailhouse)MY 05 - 108B
Inhalent abuseAM 95 - 106
Innocence, prosecutorial disclosureMY 08 - 105B
Innocence Committee recommendations 
Compensation
AM 05 - 108A
Crime laboratories
AM 04 - 111B
Defense counsel in serious non-capital cases
MY 05 - 108C
Eyewitness identification
AM 04 - 111C
Jailhouse informants
MY 05 - 108B
Prosecutors
AM 04 - 111F
Insurance, alcohol, drugAM 06 - 109
International business corruptionMY 95 - 117A
International criminal courtAM 92 - 111; AM 94 - 114C;
MY 98 - 118B; MY 01 - 103C; MY 01 - 105C; AM 06 - 120B; AM 08 - 108A
International criminal jurisdictionMY 04 - 103A
International Human RightsAM 94 - 114D
InterpretersMY 02 - 112
InterrogationAM 99 - 113D; MY 04 - 8A
Interrogations, custodial (videotaping/audiotaping)MY 04 - 8A
Jails  
Coordinating councils/crowded jails
MY 90 - 100B
Impact statements
MY 90 - 115A
Judicial appointmentsMY 95 - 113A
Judicial conduct, model codeMY 07 - 200
Judicial discretion in sentencingAM 04 - 121A
Judicial impact statementsAM 91 - 302
Judicial independenceAM 03 - 103; AM 07 - 110D
Judicial nominationsAM 08 - 118
Judicial reviewMY 03 - 112
Judiciary, fair and impartialMY 07 - 10B; MY 07 - 10B
Justice system impact statementsMY 92 - 10F
Jury instruction, cross-racial identificationAM 08 - 104D
Jury principlesMY 05 - 113; AM 08 - 110
Juvenile (see also Youthful offenders)MY 08 - 105C; MY 09 - 101A
Facilities
AM 08 - 104B
Sex offender
MY 09 - 101A
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ActMY 92 - 101B; AM 95 - 120A; MY 08 - 300
Juveniles in adult system (See Youth in the Criminal Justice System) 
Kennedy Commission 
Racial, ethnic bias
AM 04 - 121B
Reduction in sentencing
AM 04 - 121C
Sentencing
AM 04 - 121A
Supervision of prisoners
AM 04 - 121D
Law student loan repayment and "forgiveness" AM 03 - 113
Legislative oversightAM 96 - 104A
Line-upsAM 04 - 111C
Loan forgivenessAM 03 - 113
Mandatory minimum sentencesAM 04 - 121A
Marijuana (see Drugs)  
MediationAM 00 - 109B; MY 09 - 101B
Uniform Mediation Act
MY 02 - 106G
Medical examiner's officeAM 04 - 111B
MegatrialsAM 91 - 10A
Mental/emotional illness/disorders in juvenile/criminal justice systemsMY 04 - 116
Mental health courts (see Problem-solving courts) 
Military (see Court-martial; Death penalty, military; Corrections) 
Military commission trialsAM 03 - 301
Military OrderMY 02 - 8C
Military, waiver of bar obligationsAM 07 - 115
MirandaAM 99 - 113D
Mitigation, youthful offendersMY 08 - 105C
Model Rules (See Rules of Professional Conduct) 
Money LaunderingAM 90 - 101B; MY 02 - 101C;
MY 03 - 104
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)  
Child Abduction Prevention Act
MY 07 - 105B
Child Witness Testimony
MY 03 - 113C
Electronic information, discovery of
MY 08 - 110A
Interstate Enforcement of D.V. Protection Orders Act
MY 02 - 106F
National detention standards (DHE, ICE)MY 08 - 111B
National Endowment of the ArtsAM 90 - 10H
National study of criminal justiceAM 09 - 111B
Needle exchangeAM 97 - 106B
Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice MY 92 - 122A
Pakistan: support for bar and benchMY 08 - 10D
PardonAM 04 - 121C
Parents (in custody) AM 96 -104B
Parenting skillAM 96 -104B
ParoleMY 97 - 108
Parole, youthful offendersMY 08 - 105C
Patriot ActAM 03 -112B
Photo spreadsAM 04 - 111C
Physical Surveillance (See ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Pleas of Guilty Standards (see ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Political considerations, government attorneysAM07 - 10C
PregnancyMY 90 -106C
Pre-sentence investigationAM 08 - 104A
Presidential signing statementsAM 06 - 304
Pretrial drug testingMY 94 - 8
Pretrial Release Standards (see ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Prison impact statementMY 90 -115A
Prison oversightAM 08 - 104B
Prisoners (also see Corrections) 
Elderly prisoners
MY 00 -102B
Legal rights and grievances
MY 07 - 102B
Literacy
MY 92 -101C
Medicaid, social security
AM 07 - 122
PLRA
MY 07 - 102B
Rights of (see also Legal Status of Prisoners Standards)
AM 95 -120B
Supervision of,
AM 04 - 121D
Terminally ill
AM 96 - 109
Pro bono legal servicesMY 07 - 10C
ProbationMY 97 - 108
Probation/parole sanctionsMY 07 - 103B
Problem-solving courts 
Drug, community, mental health, family
AM 01 - 117
Drug courts
MY 94 - 100
Family
AM 94 - 10C
ProfessionalismAM 95 - 113
Profiling, ethnic and racialSee Racial/ethnic: Profiling
Prosecution Function Standards (see ABA Criminal Justice
Standards)
 
Prosecutorial Investigations Standards (see ABA Criminal Justice
Standards)
 
Prosecutor fundingAM 04 - 111F
Prosecutor, responsibilities & obligations (see also Rule 3.8)AM 94 - 100
Prosecutor, Special (see Independent Counsel) 
Prosecutor workloadAM 04 - 111F
Prosecutorial agenciesAM 96 -104A
Providing Defense Services (see ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Racial/ethnic  
Disparities in child welfare system
AM 03 -107
Disparities in treatment of youth in justice system
AM 03 -101B
Profiling
AM 04 - 121B, AM 08 - 104C
Re-entryAM 04 - 121D; MY 09 - 101B
Release (from incarceration)AM 96 - 109; MY 97 - 108; AM 99 -113C
Relief from Automatic Deportation for Minor Criminal ConvictionMY 06 - 300
Represented persons (see also Rule 4.2) 
Rule of lawMY 03 - 112; AM 07 - 110A
Rules of Professional ConductMY 02 - 401
Rule 1.10 (Conflicts of interest)
AM 08 - 114; AM 09 - 109
Rule 3.6 (Trial publicity)
AM 94 - 100
Rule 3.8 (Special responsibilities of a prosecutor)
MY 90 - 118; AM 94 - 100; AM 95 - 101; MY 08 - 105B
Rule 4.2 (Communications with person represented by counsel)
MY 90 - 301; AM 95 - 100; AM 99 -122B
Rule 5.5
MY 02 - 401
Rule 8.4 (Misconduct; discriminatory acts)
MY 98 -107A; AM 98 - 117
Rule 8.5
MY 02 - 401
Sanctions, alternative MY 97 - 108
School disciplineMY 01 -103B
School violenceMY 04 - 109
Science, technology and judicial decision-makingMY 94 - 106
Sentence reduction or modificationMY 03 -103B
Sentences, collateralMY 03 -103A; AM 03 -101A
SentencingAM 04 - 121A; MY 05 - 301
Presentence investigation
AM 08 - 104A
Youthful offenders
MY 08 - 105C
Sentencing Alternatives & Procedures (See ABA Criminal
Justice Standards)
MY 93 -108A
Sentencing CommissionAM 95 - 104; AM 95 - 129
Sentencing guidelinesMY 92 - 102
Sentencing, reduction, modificationAM 04 - 121C
Sentencing Reform ActMY 05 - 301
Sex offender registration (juvenile)MY 09 - 101A
Special Functions of the Trial Judge StandardsMY 99 -116B
SpecializationMY 92 - 10A; AM 93 - 300; AM 09 - 104
Speedy TrialAM 04 - 111G
State Justice InstituteMY 02 - 301
States secrets privilegeAM 07 - 116A
Status offendersAM 07 - 104C
Subpoenas of attorneysMY 90 - 118
Substance abuse (see drugs) 
SummonsMY 91 -104E; MY 95 -107B
Supervised releaseMY 97 - 108
Surveillance (see ABA Criminal Justice Standards) 
Surveillance (foreign)MY 03 - 118
Task Force on Criminal and Civil Justice System MY 90 - 8D
Technologically-assisted Physical Surveillance
(See ABA Criminal Justice Standards)
 
Terminally ill prisonersMY 96 - 113B; AM 96 - 109
Terrorism (see also Military Order)MY 02 - 104; MY 03 - 104;
MY 03 - 109; AM 03 - 112B;
AM 03 - 117
Traffic stopsAM 99 - 10A
Trafficking in personsAM 07 - 110C
Training professionals re discretionMY 07 - 103F
Treatment alternativesAM 04 - 121A
Trial by Jury Standards (see ABA Criminal Justice
Standards)
AM 93 - 101A
Trial Court Standards (ABA)MY 92 - 100
Trial Court Standards (see Drugs, AM 01) 
Trial judgeMY 99 -116B
Trial Management Standards (ABA)MY 92 - 104
Trial publicity (see also ABA CJ Fair Trial/Free
Press Standards)
AM 94 - 100
Unified family courts AM 94 - 10C
Uniform acts (see Nat. Conf. of Commissioners
on Unif. State Laws (NCCUSL)
 
United Nations Convention on Rights of
the Child
MY 94 - 103
United Nations World SummitAM 09 - 110
Universal criminal jurisdictionMY 04 - 103A
Unpublished opinionsAM 01 - 115
U.S. AttorneysAM 07 - 10C
U.S. Sentencing CommissionAM 04 - 121A
Veteran benefitsMY 08 - 108
Victim/offender mediation AM 94 - 101B
Victims 
Child sex offense victim
MY 09 - 101A
Child victim of criminal conduct
MY 09 - 101D
Compensation, Uniform Code of Military Justice
MY 93 - 107B
Elderly
MY 08 - 105A
Gender-based violence
AM 08 - 109
Gun-violence victims
MY 96 - 8
Identity theft
MY 08 - 102B
Mediation/dialogue with offenders
AM 94 - 101B
Statutory protection of rights
AM 97 - 100A
Uniform Victims of Crime Act
MY 93 - 108C
Videotaping of crime suspectsMY 04 - 8A
Violence 
Gender-based
AM 08 - 109
Gun
AM 08 - 11-4
School
MY 04 - 109
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994MY 00 -102A
Witness interviewsAM 04 - 111C
Workload, defenseAM 09 - 119
Workplace violence AM 98 - 110
Youth at riskAM 06 - 10A; MY 07 - 114
Dual jurisdiction
MY 08 - 300
Youth courts AM 95 - 116A
Youth in the criminal justice systemMY 02 - 101D
Youth, racial/ethnic disparate treatment in justice systemAM 03 - 101B
Youthful offenders 
Child welfare system (in)
AM 08 - 107
Sentencing
MY 08 - 105C
Zero tolerance in schools MY 01 - 103B

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