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June 22, 2016

ABA releases annual review of the criminal justice system and offers legal experts to discuss issues

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 — The American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice released “The State of Criminal Justice 2016,” which each year examines major issues, trends and significant changes in the U.S. criminal justice system. 

“The State of Criminal Justice 2016” is a comprehensive analysis of current developments and developing trends in America’s criminal justice system and a reflection of the work of  prosecutors and defense attorneys, judges and academics working together to address the most pressing criminal justice issues of our time,” said ABA President  Paulette Brown.

Published annually, “The State of Criminal Justice,” serves as a resource for policymakers, academics and students of the criminal justice system alike. The book provides a snapshot of major developments in the criminal justice system during 2015 and a preview of developments in 2016, and is a valuable indication of future directions for the criminal justice system in the United States.

“The ABA Criminal Justice Section engaged top experts to prepare and deliver an invaluable resource to lawyers practicing criminal law,” said Bernice Donald, chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. “We are proud to release ‘The State of Criminal Justice 2016’ as it addresses critical issues such as recent Supreme Court jurisprudence, white collar criminal law, pre-trial detention, sexual assault, convictions and sentencing, collateral consequences and reentry programs. This work also provides ethical guidance for lawyers, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals working in this complex environment.”

This year’s volume is a collection of 20 chapters written by some of the country’s most recognized criminal justice experts and lawyers, who are available to media outlets seeking sources.