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CRIMINAL JUSTICE Fall 2006 Volume 21, Number 3
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Reining in Bounty Hunters by Gerald Robin
Modern day bounty hunters perform a valuable service for the criminal justice system—
returning many dangerous fugitives to custody. With an 87 percent “clear rate” they do what
most law enforcement agencies have neither the resources nor the legal mandate to accomplish.
But the Wild West tactics used by many bounty hunters have some jurisdictions questioning
the “free rein” the law allows these private actors. Here the author discusses what
laws apply to bounty hunters and what some states are doing to tighten the reins.
Among other issues of joint interest, this article looks at how the Section’s long-standing
concerns about juvenile justice dovetail with the 2006-07 president’s intiative, Youth-at-Risk.
The Debt That Can Never Be Repaid: A Report Card on the Collateral Consequences of Conviction by Margaret Colgate Love
Calling them a “permanent underclass,” the author highlights the daunting and often
impregnable obstacles that face a convicted felon once he or she is released back into
society. Few offenders understand the complexity of their new status and the difficulties
they’ll face with reintegration. Love details the avenues open to the state— executive pardon,
judicial expungement and sealing, certificates of rehabilitation, and nondiscrimination
laws —and how seldom they are employed today to help ex-cons restart their lives
with a “clean slate.”
Psychological Assessements in Postconviction Proceedings by Eric Drogin (available in print version only)
Seldom discussed in relation to criminal proceedings, the author argues that hindsight
bias—the tendency of jurors to overestimate the predictability of an event—is a factor
defenders should strongly address in cases that depend on circumstantial evidence.
Chair’s Counsel: Is It a Crime?
Practice Pointers: The Cryptographic Coroner's Report on Ohio v. Roberts
Ethics: Clent Autonomy and Choice of Counsel
Juvenile Justice: Advocating for the Juvenile Sex Offender, Part I
Trial Tactics: Testimonial and Hearsay and Confrontation
Cert Alert: Court Adds Seven New Cases
Federal Rules Alert: How Rules Are Made: A Brief Review
Scientific Evidence: Alcheny, Magic, and Forensic Science
Federal Sentencing: Practice Tips, Part 3
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