Criminal Justice Section

The Unified Voice of Criminal Justice  -- With its diverse membership of judges, private criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, academics, and other professionals, the Section is uniquely situated to bring all the various actors to the table to address today's most pressing criminal justice issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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About the Section

Founded in 1920, the ABA Criminal Justice Section has over 16,000 members including prosecutors, private defense counsel, appellate and trial judges, law professors, correctional and law enforcement personnel, law students, public defenders, and other criminal justice professionals.

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View Criminal Justice's Current Issue

The Fall 2018 edition of our flagship periodical (magazine) issue is available to read online

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Racial Justice Improvement Project

The RJIP (Racial Justice Improvement Project) is designed to identify and reform policies and practices that produce racial disparities in local criminal justice systems across the country.

New CJS Website

The ABA and Criminal Justice Section are happy to announce the launch of the newly redesigned websites The new mobile-friendly websites will provide visitors with an improved user experience. Please bear with us during this transition; please report any issues to the CJS office.

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The ABA Criminal Justice Section is the most active and diverse criminal justice organization in the country. There are valuable opportunities for your participation.

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JOIN the ABA Criminal Justice Section ... ENGAGE ... by means of speaking and publishing opportunities; DEVELOP ... as a result of global networking and career development through substantive committee, task force and CLE participation; LEAD ... by way of influencing ABA and federal policy and standards for criminal justice.

Contact Us

The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 Main Tel: (202) 662-1500 Email: Social Media Hashtag: #ABACJS.