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Symposium: Criminal Justice at a Crossroads

Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader,

The following papers were presented at the Criminal Justice at a Crossroads Symposium on November 3, 2017 at the University of California-Berkeley, School of Law. Sponsored jointly by Berkeley Law and the Heritage Foundation, this symposium brought together professors and policy-makers from both sides of the aisle to engage in debates that inform the next steps in criminal justice reform.

The variety of panels included (1) the future of policing and community relations, (2) the future of policing, race relations, and the rise of violent crime, (3) the intersection of technology and criminal justice, (3) whether to legalize, decriminalize, or leave in place the status quo of marijuana, and (4) the future of criminal justice reform. At least one author from each panel agreed to submit their debate remarks, and those are presented together here.

The Criminal Justice at a Crossroads Symposium featured contributors from a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints, who presented a diverse set of scholarly investigations, experiential observations, and opinions. The pieces being published reflect this diversity, and we hope they contribute to the national debate on criminal justice reform. Additionally, the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law notes that the opinions expressed in the articles are the authors’ own, supported by their research and personal experiences, and do not reflect the opinions of the Heritage Foundation, Berkeley Law, or this Journal.

Letter from the Editors

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Letter from the Editors
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

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