Criminal Justice Reform Seminar

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/20
Credits: 3

Course Description

In recent years, federal, state and local government officials have pursued various efforts to reform the criminal justice system. Congress has recently funded reentry programs and created participation incentives for prisoners. At the state level, some legislatures have changed sentencing laws and reinvested cost savings in prevention and treatment programs. More locally, some officials have reduced criminal fees and fines and reduced reliance on cash bonds, and there is increasing attention and funding for the election of prosecutors running on reform platforms. These solutions have frequently enjoyed bipartisan support and are increasingly popular with policy-makers and criminal justice professionals across the country. In this seminar, students will learn about new programs, policies, and substantive changes to the criminal justice process. We will discuss the factors driving interest in reform and evaluate the effectiveness of specific efforts.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will work closely with the professors on a substantial research paper which will satisfy the law school’s writing requirement. It will be due via EXPO no later than noon on the last day of the final exam period.

Other Work

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

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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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Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Criminal Justice
Public Syllabus Link: None
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