Criminal Justice Policy

Section 1, Spring 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

The growth in incarceration in the United States since the early 1970s has been "historical unprecedented and internationally unique," as the National Research Council recently put it. This seminar will explore current debates about how best to improve our criminal justice system. The focus will be on concrete research projects to improve criminal justice outcomes in Virginia. Students will learn how to conduct policy-based research on criminal justice problems, and students will choose projects and write research papers studying possible reforms. The seminar will emphasize topics such as bail reform; discovery reform; improving interrogation policies; plea bargaining reforms; prisoner reentry; and the use of mental health dockets in criminal adjudication and screening jail and prison inmates for mental illness. We will bring in leading judges, policymakers, and scholars to speak to the class and to assist with the research efforts. We hope that students will better appreciate the challenges of designing a sound criminal justice system and also learn how as lawyers they may participate in successful and well-researched policy reform efforts.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: The students will produce research papers on topics of their choosing relating to Virginia criminal justice policy and law.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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