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American Bar Association Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions - Recommendations Approved by the ABA House of Delegates

  • Organization: American Bar Association Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions
  • Date Created: Monday, February 12, 2007
  • Submitted: Thursday, February 22, 2007
  • Attachment(s): LINK

On February 12 2007 the ABA House of Delegates approved all six of the recommendations of the Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions, without dissent. Access the summary of recommendations, the full reports, and other resources on the Commission's website (

Four of the reports were co-sponsored by the National District Attorneys Association, and all six were supported by National Legal Aid and Defender Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The comprehensive recommendations provide a blueprint for change that is long overdue, including strategies to reduce reliance on incarceration, to avoid unnecessary revocations of parole and probation supervision, to improve representation relating to the collateral consequences of conviction, to mitigate the legal barriers to employment of people with convictions, to limit access to and use of criminal records for noncriminal justice purposes, and to train prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals in the exercise of discretion.

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