Criminal Justice Section  

    Criminal Justice Magazine

Spring 2005


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE Spring 2005 Volume 20, Number 1


A Primer on Gender-Related Issues That Affect Female Offenders

By Myrna Raeder
With the overall crime rate on the decline, why are so many more women entering the criminal justice system today as compared to 30 years ago? And what are the consequences—to the women and especially to their families? Professor Myrna Raeder, of Southwestern University School of Law, offers an overview that examines the reasons behind the influx, the disparity in race and ethnicity, the effect on children of a mother’s incarceration, and the special needs and concerns of women prisoners over issues such as medical treatment, sexual abuse, and violence. It closes with suggestions to defense lawyers, prosecutors, correctional authorities, and legislators on how to alter the system to better respond to this growing criminal population.

Litigating in a Post-booker World

By Alan Ellis, Karen L. Landau, and James H. Feldman, Jr.
Specialists in federal sentencing issues, the authors offer a practical, point-by-point analysis of the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent Booker decision on important defense elements, including plea agreements and negotiations, the imposition of longer sentences, pending appeals, and retroactivity.

Jury Reform for the 21st Century: A Judge's Perspective

By Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.
Should every citizen register for jury service? It may be a radical notion, admits Judge Burnett, but just one possible solution to the ongoing problem of a shrinking jury pool. From voir dire to jury nullification, the author takes a wide-ranging look at how to create an environment that will encourage Americans from all economic levels and social backgrounds to participate in this most necessary duty. The article also touches on initiatives launched by ABA President Robert J. Grey, Jr., to (1) produce a set of principles relating to jury service, and (2) create an outreach program to educate the public, the legal system, and the courts on how to make jury service both more palatable and effective.

Model Code Revisited: Taking Aim at the High-Tech Stalker

By Mary L. Boland
Tiny cameras, cell phones, Internet Web sites, and satellite tracking—today’s stalkers have more technology at their disposal than could have been envisioned just a decade ago when most states adopted a version of the 1993 Model Anti-Stalking Code. In response, the Justice Department’s National Stalking Resource Center is spearheading a project to update the code to address cyberstalking, with recommendations due this year.


Chair’s Report to Members
Booker Opens Pandora's Box of Sentencing Uncertainty

Trial Tactics
Dangers of Homicidal Cross-Examination

Juvenile Justice
NIH Report Critical of "Get Tough" Programs

Scientific Evidence
Fingerprints: Misidentifications

Officers & Council Nominations for 2005-06

Cert Alert
Mid-Term: Pace Accelerates

Are a Prosecutor's Responsibilities "Special"?

Section News
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