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Broken and Beyond Repair: The American Death Penalty and the Insuperable Obstacles to Reform  

Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
This article explores the tedious and unsuccessful project of controlling the death penalty through constitutional law. It first studies the problems that have surrounded constitutional ... More

Capital Punishment  

Ray Paternoster

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Sep 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the landscape of capital punishment as it now exists. Section I discusses the use of capital punishment internationally. Section II, reviews the use and ... More

Charging and Plea Bargaining as Forms of Sentencing Discretion  

Ronald F. Wright

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
This article shows how charging and plea bargaining can be used as forms of sentencing discretion. It first examines the claims that prosecutorial charging and plea bargaining discretion ... More

The Conundrum of Girls and Juvenile Justice Processing  

Kimberly Kempf‐Leonard

Due to the under-representation of females, public officials have paid less attention to understanding their offending or to developing and assessing prevention and intervention strategies ... More

Crime Victims, Sentencing, and Release from Prison  

Julian V. Roberts

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
This article explores the role of the victim during sentencing and parole release proceedings in the United States and other common law jurisdictions. It reviews the empirical evidence of ... More

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs: Four Destructive Influences of Capital Punishment on American Criminal Justice  

Franklin E. Zimring and David T. Johnson

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
This article tries to show how capital punishment can become a destructive influence on American criminal justice. It first determines that due to the availability of the death penalty, ... More

Drug and Other Specialty Courts  

Ojmarrh Mitchell

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Sep 2011
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Sep 2012
This article presents an overview of drug and other specialty courts. Section I defines specialty courts and traces their growth in number and types. It also explores the factors that ... More

The Elusive Juvenile Court: Its Origins, Practices, and Re-Inventions  

David S. Tanenhaus

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article traces the ideological origins and legal foundations of the juvenile court. It examines juvenile courts at work in the early twentieth century, their guiding principles, and ... More

Female Offenders and Women in Prison  

LaTosha Traylor and Beth Richie

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the steadily increasing number of females being admitted in corrections. It emphasizes the need for gender-based programs inside and outside prisons, and observes ... More

The Front End of the Juvenile Court: Intake and Informal versus Formal Processing  

Daniel P. Mears

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article is focused on front-end processing in the juvenile court. The front end of juvenile justice refers to initial court decisions about how to process cases. The article discusses ... More

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