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in a document that is arranged chronologically by date of the meeting at which the policy was adopted or the resolution withdrawn.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.]   

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M -

N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

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)

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ABA Criminal Justice Standards (see approved "black letter" Standards)
           Appellate Review of SentencesMY 93 - 108A
           Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted PersonsAM03 - 101A
           Defense FunctionMY 91 - 104D
           Discovery & Procedure Before TrialAM 94-101A
           Electronic Surveillance: Private CommunicationsMY 01-103A
           Electronic Surveillance: Technologically-Assisted
           Physical Surveillance
AM 98-112A
           Fair Trial Free PressMY 91 - 104C
           Guilty PleasAM 97 - 100C
           Pretrial ReleaseMY 02 - 101A
           Prosecution FunctionMY 92 - 101A
           Prosecutorial InvestigationsMY 08 - 105D
           Providing Defense ServicesAM 90 - 101B
           Sentencing Alternatives & ProceduresMY 93 - 108A
           Special Functions of the Trial JudgeMY 99 - 116B
           Speedy TrialAM 04 - 111G
           Treatment of PrisonersMY10 - 102I
           Trial by JuryAM 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 AuditAM 06 - 302A
          Inadvertent disclosureAM 06 - 120D
          Immediate appeal from order rejectingMY 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
           AccreditationAM 93 - 101C
           Adult community corrections actAM 91 - 105B
           Community supervisionMY 07 - 103A
           Compassionate releaseAM 96 - 109
           Correctional EducationMY 90 - 115C
           Elderly offendersMY 00 - 102B
           LegislationAM 95 - 120B
           LiteracyMY 92 - 101C
           Military prisonsAM 90 - 102
           National Commission onAM 99 - 133C; MY 00 - 102B
           OversightAM 08 - 104B
           Parents in correctional custodyAM 96 - 104B
           Prison and jail impact statementsMY 90 - 115A
           Prison and jail privatizationMY 90 - 115B
           Treatment of Prisoners StandardsMY 10 - 102I
           WorkMY 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 
           EmploymentMY 07 - 103C
           Non-law enforcement purposesMY 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 counselMY 03 - 107
          CJ StandardsDFS 4-1.2(c); PDS 5-6.1
          Litigation ofMY 90 - 115E
          Native AmericansAM 91 - 117B
          Mental disability/disorderAM 06 - 122A
          MoratoriumMY 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 clubsBOG 11/93
          Attorney conductAM 95 - 116C
          CLE reMY 04 - 110
          Court SystemsMY 90 - 100E
          Federal judicial systemAM 91 - 10D
          Gays/lesbiansAM 96 - 10A
          Model rulesAM 98 - 117
          Traffic stopsAM 99 - 10A
DiversionAM 04 - 121A; MY 09 - 101B
          YouthAM 07 - 104C; MY10 - 105B
DiversityMY 95 - 111
DNA evidenceAM 06 - 107
Domestic Electronic Surveillance for National Security PurposesMY 06 - 302
Domestic violence 
          AdolescentsAM 00 - 111
          Child victimsAM 96 - 113
          ClemencyMY 07 - 102A
          Conduct of judges and lawyersAM 96 - 120
          EducationAM 03 - 120
          Full faith and creditAM 96 - 100
          FundingMY 10 - 115
          Housing discriminationMY 03 - 106B
          Multidisciplinary community-based programsAM 95 - 126
          Relations with perpetratorAM 06 - 110
          Restatement of 1978 policyMY 97 - 114
          Standards for attorneysAM 06 - 109
          Training judgesMY 96 - 108
          Uniform Interstate Enforcement of D.V. Protection
          Orders Act
MY 02 - 106F
          MY 03 - 113E
          VisitationAM 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 programsAM 91 - 10F
          AM 93 - 10G
          Crack, powder cocaine sentencesAM 95 - 129
          DiversionMY 94 - 100
          Drug recognition programMY 90 - 100A
          MarijuanaMY 90 - 126
          Needle exchange programsAM 97 - 106B
          Pretrial testingMY 94 - 8
          Problem-solving courtsAM 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 rulesAM 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 weaponsAM 93 - 101
          Firearm safetyAM 91 - 110A
          National agenda to address culture of violenceAM 94 - 10E
          Property rights to excludeMY 07 - 107
          Reaffirms ABA gun policiesMY 94 - 8D
          Tort liability of firearm industryAM 01 - 10B
          Tort relief for gun victimsMY 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 programsMY 03 - 116; AM 06 - 108A
           personAM 06 - 108A; MY 07- 106
IdentificationAM 04 - 111C; AM 04 - 111F
Identity theftMY 08 - 102B
Illiteracy (see Corrections, correctional education)  
Immigration 
          Categorical approach: collateral consequencesAM 09 - 113
          CivilMY 04 - 105
          CriminalMY 04 - 105; MY 10 - 102J
          DetentionMY 09 - 101C
          EnforcementMY 09 - 101C
          Fees and benefitsMY 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 
           CompensationAM 05 - 108A
           Crime laboratoriesAM 04 - 111B
           Defense counsel in serious non-capital casesMY 05 - 108C
           Eyewitness identificationAM 04 - 111C
           Jailhouse informantsMY 05 - 108B
           ProsecutorsAM 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 jailsMY 90 - 100B
           Impact statementsMY 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
          FacilitiesAM 08 - 104B
          Sex offenderMY 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 biasAM 04 - 121B
           Reduction in sentencingAM 04 - 121C
           SentencingAM 04 - 121A
           Supervision of prisonersAM 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 ActMY 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 ActMY 07 - 105B
           Child Witness TestimonyMY 03 - 113C
           Electronic information, discovery ofMY 08 - 110A
           Interstate Enforcement of D.V. Protection Orders ActMY 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 prisonersMY 00 -102B
          Legal rights and grievancesMY 07 - 102B
          LiteracyMY 92 -101C
          Medicaid, social securityAM 07 - 122
          PLRAMY 07 - 102B
          Rights of (see also Legal Status of Prisoners Standards)AM 95 -120B
          Supervision of,AM 04 - 121D
          Terminally illAM 96 - 109
Pro bono legal servicesMY 07 - 10C
ProbationMY 97 - 108
Probation/parole sanctionsMY 07 - 103B
Problem-solving courts 
          Drug, community, mental health, familyAM 01 - 117
          Drug courtsMY 94 - 100
          FamilyAM 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 systemAM 03 -107
          Disparities in treatment of youth in justice systemAM 03 -101B
          ProfilingAM 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 5.5MY 02 - 401
          Rule 8.4 (Misconduct; discriminatory acts)MY 98 -107A; AM 98 - 117
          Rule 8.5MY 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 investigationAM 08 - 104A
          Youthful offendersMY 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 victimMY 09 - 101A
          Child victim of criminal conductMY 09 - 101D
          Compensation, Uniform Code of Military JusticeMY 93 - 107B
          ElderlyMY 08 - 105A
          Gender-based violenceAM 08 - 109
          Gun-violence victimsMY 96 - 8
          Identity theftMY 08 - 102B
          Mediation/dialogue with offendersAM 94 - 101B
          Statutory protection of rightsAM 97 - 100A
          Uniform Victims of Crime ActMY 93 - 108C
Videotaping of crime suspectsMY 04 - 8A
Violence 
          Gender-basedAM 08 - 109
          GunAM 08 - 11-4
          SchoolMY 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 jurisdictionMY 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
          SentencingMY 08 - 105C
Zero tolerance in schools MY 01 - 103B

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