Capital Punishment

Explores issues surrounding the death penalty, including when to impose it, who is subject to it, constitutional questions, safeguards to protect the innocent, and the role of DNA evidence.


Focuses on issues surrounding incarceration and parole, including prison reform, privatization of prisons, reentry and after-care programs, community corrections, and prison services for females and other special populations.

Criminal Procedure

Explores issues regarding pretrial criminal rules that ensure due process and equal protection, criminal arraignment, bail, pretrial release, preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, criminal trials, and criminal discovery.


Discusses issues related to sentencing, such as disparity (racial/ethnic, gender, age), judicial discretion, and the impact of sentencing policies on facilities and personnel resources, and includes information on sentencing commissions, guidelines, and reforms.