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Evaluate corrections officials not just on the state of prisons, but on rate of recidivism

USA Today, February 2, 2018

It's long past time for the mean season in American sentencing to end.

After a decades-long imprisonment binge, the nation's tough-on-crime stance gave way to smart-on-crime innovations such as ending some mandatory minimum sentences and pursuing alternatives to incarceration for low-level, non-violent crimes.  Read more>>

Q&A: ASU Law Professor Discusses Focus Of Major New Report On Criminal Justice ReformMassive Bi-Partisan Report Aims At Reforming Criminal Justice

Witness LA, November 7, 2017

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has published an in-depth new report titled “Reforming Criminal Justice.” The four-volume report was unveiled Oct. 26 at a national summit in Washington, D.C., which featured leading academics, members of law enforcement, community advocates, media figures, and others to discuss the most urgent priorities for criminal justice reform.  Read more>>

Massive Bi-Partisan Report Aims At Reforming Criminal Justice

Witness LA, November 7, 2017

The Academy of Justice at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has just published a remarkable, and remarkably ambitious report titled Reforming Criminal Justice..  Read more>>

Is It Time for Criminologists to Step Outside the Ivory Tower?

The Crime Report, November 7, 2017

Polls show that Americans are more polarized than at any point in the past quarter-century. Partisanship now plagues virtually everything we do, even a once-unifying cultural ritual like watching football on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Read more>>

ASU Report Looks At Criminal Justice Reform

KJZZ, The Show, October 30, 2017

Criminal justice reform in the United States that has focused on sentencing changes and trial procedures, among other things, has received a lot of attention in the past several years.  Read more>>

Federal Sentencing Reform Alive, Senators Insist

The Crime Report, October 27,2017

Before the conference, the Koch Foundation released a four-volume report titled, “Reforming Criminal Justice,” which editor Erik Luna, a law professor at Arizona State University, said is “meant to enlighten reform efforts in the United States with the research and analysis of leading academics.”  Read more>>

An Academic Focus on Criminal Justice Reform

Politico, Morning Education, October 26,2017

A new report out today called “Reforming Criminal Justice” and featuring the work of more than 120 academics is designed to give the higher education community a greater voice in discussions about over-criminalization and mass incarceration.  Read more>>

More Than 100 Leading Academics Publish Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Report

PHOENIX, Oct. 25, 2017 - In an effort to inform criminal justice reform, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University published a major new report titled Reforming Criminal Justice. The culmination of a yearlong collaboration, the four-volume publication involved 120 of the nation’s foremost academics to discuss specific topics within the reform movement. The report was made possible with support from the Charles Koch Foundation.  Read more>>


Join Us for a Lunchtime Lecture on the Federalization of Crime

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 –
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix campus
Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, room 544
Academy for Justice
Suzanne Stewart

The Academy for Justice invites you to join us for this lecture regarding the Federalization of Crime with Professor John Baker and Judge Amul Thapar. Professor Baker and Judge Thapar will discuss the growth of federal criminal law, how this growth is based largely on the Commerce Clause, and how Congress has effectively created a national police power. Judge Thapar will also be sharing his experiences, formerly as a US Attorney and as a federal district judge, and now as a federal appellate judge.
Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP:

Our guest lecturers:

John Baker, Professor Emeritus at LSU

Judge, Amul Thapar United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit