Criminal Justice Magazine

Criminal Justice magazine, published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, is intended for a national audience of defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, academics, and other criminal justice professionals with a focus on the practice and policy issues of the criminal justice system. Each issue includes feature articles, as well as regular columns. In addition, there are occasional thematic issues which focus on one particular aspect of the criminal justice system.

The Editorial Board for Criminal Justice also judges the entries for the William W. Greenhalgh Writing Contest, a Fourth Amendment essay competition which offers, in addition to other prizes, $2,000 and publication in the magazine.

For more information on subscriptions, back issues, editorial policy, guidelines for authors and contributors, or advertising, please visit the magazine information page.

Current Issue

 Winter 2010

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Cover Story: Forensic Science: Landmark Report Finds Serious Flaws in Standards

Past Issues

 Fall 2009

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Symposium Issue: Postconviction Practices

 Summer 2009

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Cover Story: Should Combat Trauma Be Part of the Criminal Justice Equation

 Spring 2009

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Cover Story: Victims' Rights - Illusion to Reality

 Winter 2009

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Cover Story: Criminalizing Negligence Under the Clean Water Act

 Fall 2008

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Articles from this special Symposium Issue on Plea Negotiations are available free to the public.

 Summer 2008

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Features: Miranda's Misconceptions, Is the CSI Effect Real?, Interview with Terence MacCarthy, Update on Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis, Gatekeepers Initiative--Ignore At Your Peril

 Spring 2008

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Features: Cross-Racial Identification of Defendents in Criminal Cases; Advising the Grand Jury Witrness; The American Prosecutor -- Power, Discretion, and Misconduct

 Winter 2008

Features include: Defending International Extraditions; Arbitrary Justice? A Prosecutor’s View; Arbitrary Justice? Defense Counsel’s View; Corporate Criminal Liability: Sensible Jurisprudence or Kafkaesque Absurdity?; The State of Criminal Justice: Two new volumes probe the depth of current issues

 Fall 2007 Articles from this special Symposium Issue on Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System are available free to the public:

Mental Health and Criminal Justice: An Overview; The Supreme Court’s Recent Criminal Mental Health Cases Rulings of Questionable Competence; Prosecutor as “Nurse Ratched”?: Misusing Criminal Justice as Alternative Medicine; The Promise of Mental Health Courts: Brooklyn Criminal Justice System Experiments with Treatment as an Alternative to Prison; Executing the Mentally Ill: When Is Someone Sane Enough to Die?; Mental Health Status and Vulnerability to Police Interrogation Tactics

 Summer 2007
Features include: Prosecutors’ Professional Independence: Reflections on Garcetti v.Ceballos; Public Defenders, Official Duties, and the First Amendment: Applying Garcetti v.Ceballos; The Admissibility of Memories and Beliefs The Hearsay Exception That Even the Best Judges Frequently Misunderstand; Norman K. Maleng: In Memoriam; Plugging into the Fourth Amendment’s Matrix; A Commitment to Youth at Risk: An Interview with Reid H.Weingarten

 Spring 2007
Features include: The Fifth Amendment and the Grand Jury, Confrontation Clause Analysis After Davis, An Irony: Greater Protection of Individual Rights Now Found in State Courts, Will Your Criminal Justice System Function in the Next Disaster?, The Limitations of Fingerprint Identifications

 

 Winter 2007
Features include: Life Without Parole for Children, Domestic Violence: When the “Perp” Is a CopThe Ultimate Power and Control, The Lessons of Injustice, Holmes v. South Carolina Upholds Trial by Jury, Closing Two Doors: How Courts Misunderstand Prejudice Under Olano and Strickland.

 

Fall 2006
Feaures include Reining in Bounty Hunters, Q&A with ABA President Karen Mathis, A Report Card on the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, Psychological Assessements in Postconviction Proceedings, Countering Hindsight Bias in White Collar Presecution.

 

Summer 2006
Articles from this special Sentencing Symposium issue are available free to the public. This special issue examines sentencing lessons from the innocence movement, sorting a sentencing choice between federal and state level, negotiating federal plea agreements post-Booker, sentencing lessons from specialty courts, and corporate deferred prosecution agreements.

Spring 2006

This issue of Criminal Justice examines understandable jury instructions, human trafficking, challenging the shift in prison policy, and influencing amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence.

 

Winter 2006 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines narcotic-sniffing dogs, challenging drug jargon testimony, proposals from Innicence Committee, juvenile adjudications and adult sentencing.

Fall 2005 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines cybercrime, the role of computer forensic experts, peremptory challenges, abuse in prisons, plea bargaining in capital cases, and sentencing.

Summer 2005 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines Crawford (before and after, the history of the right to confrontation, the fallout from the decision, prosecutors and judges, and the definition of "Testimonial").

Spring 2005 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines gender-related issues that affect female offenders, litigating post-Booker, jury reform, and high-tech stalkers. .

Winter 2005 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines the roots and realities of Blakely, electronic evidence, improvement of the criminal justice system's accuracy, Kennedy commission recommendations, and school-police relationships.

Fall 2004 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines fourth amendment cases, client perjury, admissibility of lab reports, and contains interviews with Judge Arthur Burnett and author Milton Hirsch

Summer 2004 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines the confrontation clause, rape shield laws, "best" evidence, alternatives to prison for drug addicts, and drug courts.

Spring 2004 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines digital juries v. digital lawyers, courtroom technology for trial lawyers, interactive media & the Skakel trial, admissibility of electronic evidence, suppressing evidence from computers, and digital media as evidence.

Winter 2004 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines the work of an American jurist in Kosovo, the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley in the criminal arena, alternatives to face-to-face confrontation for child witnesses, restriction on judicial discretion in sentencing, and "collaborative problem solving."

Fall 2003 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines standards for electronic and physical surveillance, juveniles on trial, the fourth amendment and roadblocks, detainees facing hearings without representation, and the impact of exonerations on judicial views on ineffective assistance of counsel.

Summer 2003 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines the right to defense experts, juveniles and the right to counsel, fingerprint identification, and provides an overview of where the criminal justice stands 40 years after Gideon

Spring 2003 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines wrongful rights, causes and public policy issues, jailhouse informants, flawed expert testimony, eyewitness identification evidence, race & the death penalty and more.

Winter 2003 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines false confessions in criminal cases, solo practice, record retention, juvenile death penalty, border searches and more.

Fall 2002 - This issue of Criminal Justice examines the prosecution and defense of hate crimes, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, fraud issues, sentencing guidelines, bullet lead analysis and more.

Summer 2002 - This issue of Criminal Justice, examines military tribunals, attorney-client privilege, racial profiling, grand jury secrecy and computer crimes in the aftermath of 9/11. All visitors can view this entire publication online by clicking on Summer 2002.

Spring 2002 - In this issue of Criminal Justice, child protection laws and criminal convictions are examined. Also find information about prisoner reentry into society, and the biology of violence. The entire Spring 2001 issue, addressing women offenders and the Spring 2000 issue addressing juvenile justice concerns, are available online for viewing by all visitors.

Winter 2002 This issue of Criminal Justice examines grand jury reform, the prison litigation reform act, immigration law, the requirement to report money laundering and more.

Fall 2001 - The fall issue of Criminal Justice includes: Constitutional implications of a nationwide DNA database; new guidelines for better eyewitness evidence procedures; a historical look at military justice; deconstructing the new infamy; and collateral consequences. Also included is the Departments and Section news. Members can view the entire publication online by clicking on Fall 2001. All visitors can view the Table of Contents which features article abstracts.

Summer 2001 - Summer 2001 - Right to counsel; death penalty; civil commitment of sex offenders; American lawyers in Rwanda; and school violence and the classroom. Also included is the Departments and Section News. Member can view the entire publication online by clicking on Summer 2001. All visitors can view the Table of Contents which features article abstracts.

Spring 2001 - Disadvantages that women prisoners face; curriculum for sentencing women offenders; girls and violence; sentencing women to death; sexual misconduct by correctional staff members; healthcare inadequacies in women's prisons; women offenders reentry into society; alternatives to incarceration; and the intermediate sanctions for women offenders project. Also included is the Departments and Section news. All visitors can view the entire publication online by clicking on Spring 2001

Winter 2001 - This issue of Criminal Justice covers: efforts in attaining evidence in transnational criminal cases; the dual role of the prosecutor in crime prevention and prosecution; apprehending and appreciating Apprendi; recidivism of sex offenders.

Fall 2000 - Practical strategies and resources to tackle profiling cases; pro and con arguments concerning the Economic Espionage Act; changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; and ethical considerations for prosecutors in drug courts.

Summer 2000 - Reliability of experts in light of Daubert; crime rates of child victims, the 2000 Greenhalgh Writing Competition winning article concerning racial profiling, juvenile competency, and a special interview of former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson by former Section Chair Myrna Raeder

Spring 2000 - Juvenile Justice Special Issue
Due to the enormous interest in this issue, the entire issue has been made available online without restriction.

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