July 15, 2020 Section News

Midyear Meeting Highlights

Kyo Suh

The ABA House of Delegates adopted the following CJS-sponsored resolution on criminal justice policy and other co-sponsored resolutions:

The 2020 CJS Midyear Meeting took place in Austin, Texas, from February 13–17, 2020 during the ABA Midyear Meeting, and featured the CLE program “To the Border and Back Again” and various CJS committee meetings, including the Long Range Planning Committee meeting.

Resolution 110—Judicial discretion on the continued release of defendants between guilty pleas/trials and sentencing:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, and courts and court rule-making entities, to provide courts with discretion to allow defendants to remain on release pending sentencing following a guilty plea or conviction as long as the court finds that the defendant is not likely to flee or pose a danger to the safety of any other person or the community if released, such as by amending 18 U.S.C. § 3143 or similar statutes in other jurisdictions.

Spring Meetings Canceled

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, CJS meetings scheduled for the spring of 2020 were canceled, notably the 2020 CJS Spring Meeting (Kansas City, MO) and the National Institute on White Collar Crime (San Diego, CA). The Criminal Justice Section, along with the ABA, sponsored webinars instead, including “SEC and DOJ Enforcement: What’s on the Horizon?” on April 28.

Visit ambar.org/cjsevents for the latest updates on cancellations and upcoming webinars and events.

New Books

ABA Standards for Criminal Justice Monitors and Monitoring

New to the Criminal Justice Standards Project, the Monitors and Monitoring Standards present best practices for those providing oversight services to organizations, including external compliance officers or Independent Private Sector Inspectors General (IPSIGs). Available in print and e-book versions.

Can They Do That? Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion by Melba Pearson

A prosecutor’s decision to file, or not file, charges is often scrutinized. How are these decisions made? How much discretion does a prosecutor have? This book explores prosecutorial discretion from varying viewpoints—theory, practice, and individuals who wish to change the status quo. It is a must-have for criminal lawyers, law students, and prosecutors’ offices as a training tool.

Visit ambar.org/cjsbooks for ordering information.


Kyo Suh  is the technology and publications manager for the Criminal Justice Section.