Criminal Justice System

Pennsylvania’s Misguided Sentencing Risk-Assessment Reform

Pennsylvania’s Misguided Sentencing Risk-Assessment Reform

New risk-forecasting tool reinforces racial disparities and emphasizes future risk in criminal sentencing.

Police Departments Adopt Automated DNA Testing

Police Departments Adopt Automated DNA Testing

Rapid DNA technology expands law enforcement’s ability to test samples, but also raises privacy concerns.

Sex Workers Fight for Safe Conditions After Being Taken Offline

Sex Workers Fight for Safe Conditions After Being Taken Offline

A new law targets online sex trafficking, but critics worry about the consequences for sex workers’ safety.

Who Gets to Define the Crime?

Who Gets to Define the Crime?

A case challenging sex offender registration could revive the long-slumbering nondelegation doctrine.

Evaluating the Grand Bargain

Evaluating the Grand Bargain

Triaging serious cases and simplifying criminal procedure could raise significant risks.

Misdemeanor Cases Need Lawyers Too

Misdemeanor Cases Need Lawyers Too

Barton and Bibas’s suggestions about misdemeanor would increase charges and harm defendants.

Reforming Criminal Justice by Reforming Lawyers

Reforming Criminal Justice by Reforming Lawyers

Revamping the regulation of legal services might be a first step toward overhauling criminal justice.

Preventing Error Requires Not Just More Resources, But Better Incentives Too

Preventing Error Requires Not Just More Resources, But Better Incentives Too

Improving legal representation in criminal cases requires focusing on prosecutors as well as defenders.

Rebooting Justice for Inmate Litigants

Rebooting Justice for Inmate Litigants

Suggested legal system reform could help inmates pursue civil rights claims.

A Simpler and Less Adversarial System Would Be More Just

A Simpler and Less Adversarial System Would Be More Just

Improving the justice system requires more than just using technology and relaxing requirements for lawyers.

The Legal System and Its Reform

The Legal System and Its Reform

Barton and Bibas argue for significant changes to improve justice in the legal system.

Simpler Justice

Simpler Justice

The justice system needs to become faster, cheaper, and better for the poor and the middle class.