Workshop on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure - Discussion Group: Keeping the Conversation Going on Intractable Problems in the US Criminal Justice System

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Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2015 Annual Conference

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Boca Raton, FL


We view Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, as a call to action for scholars working in Criminal Justice. Although the book lays out the current statistics on mass incarceration and inequality, it requires other scholars to fill in the picture. For example, two of us argue that stop-and-frisk serves as a gateway to unequal incarceration and use different theories to explain its continued vitality as a law enforcement tool. Others look at prison reform and responses to police violence. Others consider related intractable problems, such as the criminal law’s treatment of the mentally ill. This discussion will benefit from the wide and rich array of theoretical tools that the discussants bring with them.

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