Policies on Criminal Justice

ABA Criminal Justice Section formulates ABA policies and resolutions related to criminal justice.

CJS Council Passes Resolutions on Criminal Justice at the Fall Meeting

CJS Council Passes  Resolutions on Criminal Justice at the Fall Meeting

Nov. 3, 2018, Washington, DC

The Council passed resolutions on opposing the expedited mass criminal prosecution of migrants; urging laws allowing individuals to expunge records for certain criminal convictions.; urging the amendment of existing laws or enact new laws to clearly define child torture and make child torture a felony offense, regardless of whether a severe physical injury occurs.; providing all women with access to free toilet paper and a range of free feminine hygiene products.

Amicus Briefs

Amicus briefs filed by the American Bar Association at the request of the Criminal Justice Section

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.


Achieving an Impartial Jury: Addressing Bias in Voir Dire and Deliberations

Task Force on the Reform of Federal Sentencing for Economic Crimes

Collateral Consequences of Conviction Project

Racial Justice Improvement Project


ABA Criminal Justice Policies from 1996 to 2017

Chronological Compilation of ABA Policies Adopted 1990-2016 that relate to criminal justice or were co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section.  Alternatively, view policies by subject (1990-2010).


ABA Policy Resources

Criminal Justice System Improvements (ABA Policy Priorities)

Center for Professional Responsibility


Supreme Court Case Quick Updates

Summary update of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on criminal law, usually on the day of the decisions.

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Criminal Justice System Improvements

ABA Recommendations

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