Criminal Justice Section

"The Unified Voice of Criminal Justice"  -- With its diverse membership of  criminal justice professionals, the ABA Criminal Justice Section is uniquely situated to bring all the various actors to the table to address today's most pressing criminal justice issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Celebrating 100 Years of CJS

2020 marks the 100 Year Anniversary of the founding of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. Join with us as we reflect on our history. Explore our historical resources on this special Centennial site.

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The Chair's Message: April Frazier-Camara

During 2020-2021, the ABA Criminal Justice Section will confront America’s painful history of racism in the criminal legal system, address ways of moving away from silence and toward reconciliation, and advancing racial equity in the criminal legal system.

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The CJS Statement on Racial Equity in the Justice System

The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association stands in solidarity with all who demand an end to racism, inequality and injustice.

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Notice on Committee Discussions

Starting Sept. 1, 2020, all CJS Committees will be using the ABA/CJS CONNECT for committee discussions, replacing committee listserves.

About Us

The Criminal Justice Section has primary responsibility for the ABA's work on solutions to issues involving crime, criminal law, and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice.

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CJS Podcast and Videos of Past Programs

While working from home during the Covid-19 outbreak, tune into the JustPod, the CJS podcast on current issues in criminal justice reform, policy and the work of the Criminal Justice Section. Also view videos of past CJS programs.

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CJS Committees

Committees and Task Forces offer CJS members the best opportunity for direct involvement in Section activities, such as organizing CLE offerings, developing publications and policy proposals.

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Criminal Justice Standards

For fifty years, the ABA Criminal Justice Standards have guided policymakers and practitioners working in the criminal justice arena.

Contact Us

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