This seminar will examine a selection of criminal justice policy issues with particular focus on Maryland law. For each policy considered, students will be encouraged to define the contours of the policy, explore the reasons for its emergence, and evaluate its theoretical, logical and empirical foundations.
After becoming familiar with general theories of criminal justice policy, students will examine one or more recent criminal appeals in Maryland. Student will be asked to identify areas of concern (in the appellate cases reviewed) and propose solutions that will improve criminal justice policy in the State. In addition to a textbook or reading packet, assigned readings for the course will include actual case materials from one or more recent criminal appeals. The goal of the seminar is not only to create a “think tank” for generating law reform proposals, but also to encourage students to think critically about the criminal justice policies we create through legislation and case law.
Papers written for this class may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement with the prior permission of the professor.
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