ABA releases annual review of criminal justice system

The American Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice released “The State of Criminal Justice 2017,” which examines major issues, trends and significant changes in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Published annually, “The State of Criminal Justice,” serves as a resource for policymakers, academics and students of the criminal justice system.

The book provides a snapshot of major developments in the criminal justice system during 2016 and a preview of developments in 2017.

This year’s volume is a collection of 22 chapters written by some of the country’s most recognized criminal justice experts and lawyers, who are available to media outlets seeking sources. Some of the chapters include:

• “White Collar Crime,” by Raymond Banoun, with a brief overview of recent developments in white-collar crime, including developments with the U.S. Depart­ment of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

• “The State of Cybercrime,” by Andrew Levchuk, on the State of Cybercrime, including developments under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Stored Communications Act.

• “Truth and Consequences: Helping Company Executives Understand (and Ward Against) the Ever-Present Threat of False Statements and False Certifications,” by Andrew S. Boutros and T. Markus Funk, with a practical guide for lawyers advising corporations and executives on how to avoid making false statements and false certifications to government

• “The State of Pretrial Justice,” by Justin Bingham and Cherise Fanno Burdeen, on pretrial detention and bail.

• “Plea Bargaining,” by Andrea Nieves and Alexander Perlin, on the right to effective assistance of counsel at the plea-bargaining stage.

• “Ethics in Criminal Advocacy,” by Lara Bazelon, which includes a discussion of the controversy over now former FBI Director James Comey’s unprecedented press conference 11 days before the November 2016 presidential election about the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

• “The Price for Justice: The Economic Barriers that Contribute to an Unfair and Unjust Criminal Justice System,” by Christine Kulumani and Salma S. Safiedine, on lowering or removing the economic barriers that contribute to an unfair and unjust criminal justice system.

• “Ohio v. Clark: Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse,” by A. Ann Ratnayake, on protecting children from child sexual abuse.

• “Sexual Assault Proceedings on College Campuses: Current Issues,” by Lauren Donaldson, Navneet Jaswal, Carla Laroche, and A. Ann Ratnayake, on conducting sexual assault proceedings on college campuses.

• “Military Criminal Justice: Further Expanded Victim Rights and Overarching Refinements,” by Alexandra González-Waddington, Major M. Arthur Vaughn II, and Michael S. Waddington, on recent developments in military criminal justice.

• “The State of State Sentencing Guidelines,” by Kelly Lyn Mitchell, on continuing efforts of various states to reform state sentencing guidelines.

• “Sentencing Reform Legislation Hits a Wall,” by Sean Hecker and David Sandler, on the uncertain future of efforts to reform federal sentencing.

• “With No Signs of Federal Legislation to Expunge Federal Convictions, State Courts May Provide a Mechanism to Minimize Collateral Consequences,” by Michael Hennenberg, William Summers, and Justin Withrow, on state courts mechanisms to minimize legal restrictions imposed upon individuals convicted of crimes that go beyond any sentence imposed by a court.

• “Uncertainty Ahead: Pell Grant Funding for Prisoners,” by SpearIt on the future of grants that would allow prisoners to pursue educational opportunities that may enhance employment opportunities upon release.

• “Capital Punishment,” by Ronald J. Tabak, with a comprehensive overview of the ever-changing field of developments in capital punishment.