Criminal Justice Resolutions Passed at the 2019 Midyear Meeting
The ABA House of Delegates adopted the following Criminal Justice Section Resolutions: • 109A: Urges rescinding the “Zero Tolerance” and “Operation Streamline” immigration policies and allows for individualized determination on whether to file criminal charges. • 109B: Urges legislatures to define criminal arrests, charges and dispositions that are eligible for expungement and set out procedures for individuals to apply for the same. • 109C: Urges legislatures to enact legislation to provide all women prisoners with unrestricted access to free toilet paper and a range of free feminine hygiene products. • 109D: Urges legislatures to clearly define child torture and make child torture a felony offense and to promote training, for all court and medical personnel in these cases. (Photo: 2018 Fall Council Meeting where these resolutions were finalized.)
Criminal Justice Resolutions Passed at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting:
The ABA House of Delegates adopted the following CJS-sponsored resolutions on criminal justice policy: · 100 A - Urges bar associations, law schools, and other stakeholders to develop and increase curricular offerings through which law students provide pro bono representation of incarcerated individuals and those reentering society. · 100B - Urges Louisiana and Oregon to require unanimous juries to determine guilt in felony criminal cases and reject the use of non-unanimous juries where currently allowed in felony cases.
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