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CJS Committees & Task Forces

Committees and Task Forces offer Criminal Justice Section members the best opportunity for direct involvement in Section activities, such as organizing CLE offerings, developing publications and policy proposals. See Committee Missions, Goals, Activities Highlights, and Resources within respective committee descriptions on this page.

2023-2024 - Committee Leadership

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User will need to enter ABA member username and password to access myABA, select "Manage Membership," then select "Join Committees," and choose specific committees to join.

New Task Force: Prosecutorial Independence

The goal is to preserve and strengthen prosecutorial independence and enhance the American public’s understanding of the prosecutor’s critical role in maintaining the integrity of the criminal justice system.

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New Season of JustPod, the CJS Podcast

Two new hosts, Justin Danilewitz and Geonard Butler, are leading JustPod's general programming. Nina Marino and Joe Whitley will continue to host "White Collar Talks" series.

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Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program

This program provides opportunities for lawyers in under-represented groups to actively participate within the Criminal Justice Section and prepare them to take on leadership roles within the Section.

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CJS Committees are grouped in Divisions

See descriptions and activities of CJS Committees listed under the corresponding Divisions -- Equal Justice Division; Corrections and Sentencing Division; Specialized Practice Division; Professional Development Division; Communication, Membership & Services Division; White Collar Crime Division

CJS Committees in Divisions

Equal Justice Division

Juvenile Justice | LGBT | Mental Health | Military Justice | Racial Justice & Diversity | Tribal Lands | Victims | Women in Criminal Justice

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Corrections and Sentencing Division

ADR & Restorative Justice | Alternatives to Incarceration & Diversion | Corrections | Law Enforcement| Parole & Probation | Pretrial Justice | Re-entry & Collateral Consequences | Sentencing

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Specialized Practice Division

Amicus Review | Appellate and Habeas Practice | Cyber Crime | Global Anti-Corruption | Homeland Security, Terrorism & Treatment of Enemy Combatants | Immigration | International | International White Collar

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Professional Development Division

Academics | CLE | Defense Function | Ethics, Gideon & Professionalism | Judicial Function | Past Chairs Function | Prosecution Function | Science, Technology and Forensics

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Communication, Membership & Services Division

Awards | Book Board | Criminal Justice Magazine Editorial Board | Diversity & Inclusion | DOJ Dialog | Solo & Small Firm | Legislative & Policy | Long Range Planning | Membership | Young Lawyers/Law Student Development

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White Collar Crime Division

White Collar Crime Committee | Women in White Collar Subcommittee

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ABA Criminal Justice Standards Project

Standards Committee | Standards Task Forces

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Task Forces

Corporate Criminal Liability | The First Step Act | Forensics Ethics | Fourth Amendment at the Border | Immigration | International Standards | Prosecutorial Independence | Public Defense | The Role of Plea Bargaining | Second Chance | State Policy Implementation Project | Women in Criminal Justice

Task Forces - Goals and Activities

Featured Task Force Activities

Task Force: Women in Criminal Justice met in Albuquerque, New Mexico (photo), Seattle and Spokane, Washington for programming and a listening session and the sharing of untold stories of women in criminal justice, which resulted in "Pulling Back the Curtain: A Follow-Up Report from the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Task Force: Women in Criminal Justice."

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Plea Bargaining Report

The ABA CJS Plea Bargaining Task Force released its report on the state of plea bargaining in the US and its 14 Principles for reforming the plea bargaining system.

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Report on the First Step Act Implementation

The ABA Criminal Justice Section has released a report from its Task Force on the Implementation of the First Step Act that includes three concerns surrounding the implementation of the criminal justice reform law that was enacted in 2018.

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Committee/Task Force Reports

2022-2023 Activities

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