Criminal Justice Section

Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2006

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Toward More Understandable Jury Instructions: The California Experience

By Peter M. Tiersma

The language of jury instructions is “almost always an accurate statement of the law,” writes Professor Peter Tiersma. “The problem, of course, is that it was not written for an audience of ordinary citizens.” An expert in legal language, the author explores the movement to simplify and clarify jury instructions, using California’s recently revised instructions as an example of how the rules can be expressed in everyday language.

Old Crimes in New Times: Human Trafficking and the Modern Justice System

By Sara Elizabeth Dill

In the 21st century, human slavery is thriving—even in the United States. Trafficking in women and children to feed the international sex trade is big business, third only in profitability to trading in illegal drugs and weapons. Author Sara Dill makes the case that human traffickers are slipping through the cracks of the criminal justice system—both here and abroad. She advocates better training for law enforcement (especially immigration officers), more specific antitrafficking laws, and an international tribunal with the proper jurisdiction to address the problem.

New Time Limits on Federal Halfway Houses: Why and how lawyers challenge the Bureau of Prisons’ shift in correctional policy—and the courts’ response.

By Todd Bussert, Peter Goldberger, and Mary Price

In 2002, the Bureau of Prisons reversed policy on the placement of low-risk inmates in prerelease halfway houses, unleashing a storm of protest from inmates, defense counsel, judges, and others. This article gives a succinct history of the original placement policy, the reasons for its sudden restriction, and why and how the legal community is working to turn back the clock.

Politics and Public Opinion in Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence

By David P. Leonard

Evidence rules are not neutral, says the author, and neither is the method by which they are amended. Professor David Leonard discusses how the political and institutional slant of the members of the Advisory Committee influences the outcome of the amendments—and what it means in both civil and criminal cases.


Chair’s Report to Members: Heed Plight of Trafficking Victims; Trial Diary

Ethics: To Tape or Not to Tape: Secret Recordings

Juvenile Justice: What Next After Roper ? The World Watches: Part 1

Trial Tactics: Reverse Rule 404(b) Evidence: Part 1

Cert Alert: Court Review of Cases

Federal Rules Alert: How Rules Are Made: A Brief Review

Scientific Evidence: Analysis of Bullet Lead: A Cautionary Tale

Federal Sentencing: Practice Tips: Part 2

Book Review: Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice

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