The subjects included in this section involve the overuse of criminal law, either in general or in the federal system, as well as the abuse of low-level offenses.
This section also looks at specific practices by law enforcement that include the power to stop and frisk individuals in public spaces, which is a key component of a new style of policing focused on, among other things, aggressive enforcement of minor crimes.
Pretrial and Trial
This section considers some key aspects of criminal adjudication, including the historic but still myseterious institution of the grand jury and the underappreciated decision to detain a defendant prior to trial.
Punishment and Sentencing
This section looks at three traditional rationales for punishment - retribution, deterrence, and incapacitation - and the failures of modern sentencing under these theories.
Prison, Release and Reentry
Looking at confinement and release, a lingering question is whether prison rehabiliation programs can reduce recidivism.
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