Smart On Crime: 2010 Recommendations

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The Smart on Crime Coalition was convened to provide the 112th Congress and the executive branch with a comprehensive, systematic analysis of the challenges facing state and federal criminal justice systems and recommendations to address those challenges.  The report, which the coalition released in 2011, examines the entire criminal justice system, from the creation of new criminal laws to ex-offenders’ reentry into communities after serving their sentences.  The recommendations range from helping to restore and empower victims to identifying ways to protect the rights of the accused.

The coalition was comprised of more than 40 organizations and individuals representing the leading voices in criminal justice policy. The Constitution Project served as coalition coordinator.  Coalition members, experts and advocates spanning the criminal justice system, were particularly troubled by the budget crises plaguing the justice system in individual states, and thereby placing greater burdens on the federal government, a problem which continues today.  Therefore, the report focuses on providing non-ideological, cost-effective, and evidence-based solutions to address the worst problems in our system.  More information on coalition participants, and the process by which they arrived at their conclusions, can be found in the report.

You may download the full report, the executive summary and individual chapters below.  Although individual coalition members have undoubtedly updated their positions on many of these issues, the report itself has not been changed to reflect evolving positions, and so is presented here only as an historical document.  For ease of reference, a list of contributors to each chapter follows the chapter title below.  Note that each participant, including TCP, only formally endorsed the particular chapters to which they contributed, and may not necessarily endorse the principles expressed in other chapters.  However, the decision of a group not to “sign on” to a chapter does not necessarily indicate opposition to the policies proposed; some participants were simply limited by issue area or by other factors.

The Report

Download the full report here.

Download the executive summary here.

Chapters

1. Overcriminalization and Federalization
Participants: American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2. Asset Forfeiture
Participants: Americans for Forfeiture Reform, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, English & Smith, LLP, Institute for Justice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

3. Federal Investigations
Participants: Innocence Project

4. Federal Grand Juries
Participants: American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

5. Forensic Science
Participants: Innocence Project, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

6. Innocence Issues
Participants: Innocence Project

7. Indigent Defense
Participants: American Bar Association, Brennan Center for Justice, The Constitution Project, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

8. Juvenile Justice
Participants: American Psychological Association, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Just Detention International, Phyllis Lawrence: Restorative Justice and Capital Mitigation Specialist, National Juvenile Justice Network, The Sentencing Project, RFK Juvenile Justice Collaborative

9. Federal Sentencing
Participants: American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Drug Policy Alliance, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Law Offices of Margaret Love, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, The Sentencing Project

10. Improving the Prison System
Participants: ACLU National Prison Project, ACLE Washington Legislative Office, D.C. Prisoner’s Project, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Just Detention International, Law Offices of Margaret Love, Legal Action Center, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Open Society Policy Center, Prison Fellowship

11. Death Penalty
Participants: American Bar Association, Amnesty International, The Constitution Project, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund, The Raben Group

12. Fixing Medellin
Participants: Amnesty International, The Constitution Project, The Raben Group

13. Pardon Power & Executive Clemency
Participants: American Civil Liberties Union, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Law Offices of Margaret Love

14. Re-Entry
Participants: Brennan Center for Justice, Jennifer Collier, Council of State Governments, Drug Policy Alliance, Legal Action Center, Open Society Policy Center, The Sentencing Project

15. Victims Issues and Restorative Justice
Participants: Just Detention International, Phyllis Lawrence: Restorative Justice Consultant and Capital Mitigation Specialist, Prison Fellowship

16. System Change
Participants: Brennan Center for Justice, Council on State Governments, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Innocence Project, The Sentencing Project

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