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Building Public Trust in the American Justice System


In February 2017, the American Bar Association Board of Governors adopted the report of the ABA Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System. The ABA created the task force in July 2016 in the face of increasing racial tensions, retaliatory violence against police officers, and a growing sense of public distrust in our nation’s justice system. The task force was charged with determining the role that bar associations might play in restoring the public’s trust. The task force report calls on the ABA and state and local bar entities to:

  • Encourage the adoption of best practices for reforming the criminal justice system;

  • Build consensus about needed reforms and work to carry them out; and

  • Educate the public about how the criminal justice system works.
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