The fight began, as so many do, in a local nightclub. Two men. Two knives. Two arrests for brandishing a non-firearm weapon. But if Stanford Law students Stephany Reaves, JD ’15, and Jonathan Frank, JD ’15, have their way, there won’t be two convictions. Reaves and Frank are assisting [...]
Articles in ‘Criminal Justice’
A key public safety and budgetary goal for California policymakers is to prevent prisoner recidivism—to ensure that released prisoners become productive members of society and stay out of prison. Yet few opportunities to earn a degree exist for the incarcerated or recently released, so the likelihood that they will improve [...]
Stanford Law School’s American Constitution Society chapter hosted the first-ever ACS Student Convention in March, “Gideon at 50,” which brought practitioners and jurists from around the nation together on campus for two days. Using the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright as a springboard for conversation, student leaders from across [...]
Lately, there’s a lot of news about veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to uncertain prospects for a future outside of the military. But some are finding their way back into civilian life via education. The number of veterans coming to Stanford Law has surged during the past few years. And their pres ence on campus is being felt both in and outside of the classroom.
Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, was awarded the 2011 Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Division of Experimental Criminology at the American Society of Criminology. The award recognizes leadership in the “advancement of experimental methodology, experimental research, [...]
As California grapples with its budget and prison challenges, students enrolled in Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project have been chipping away at the issue since 2009 by representing incarcerated clients. To date, some 25 individuals sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent third strikes have been resentenced with their help. And last year, students enrolled in the project dove into something new.
John J. Donohue III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, has brought his economic expertise and empirical techniques to bear on a number of cutting-edge social issues. In stark contrast to many legal academics, whose work deals largely with the historical or theoretical, Donohue is renowned for [...]
A large part of what brought me to California was its prisons. As a lifelong East Coaster, I had a hard time fathoming the anomaly of Golden State incarceration. How could it be that such a progressive state clung to the harshest “three strikes” law in the nation? How could one state’s prison population rival the population of all the federal prisons combined?