Below you will find a collection of links to more
in-depth information about criminal law, including the latest news, law review articles,
statistics and interesting theory papers. Also highlighted are some organizations
that are addressing criminal law in innovative and notable ways.
New York State Law Index
- this site contains
the NY State Penal Law (criminal law), NY State Criminal Procedure Law (the rules
and processes of a criminal prosecution, NY State Vehicle & Traffic Law and
Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
University of Buffalo Criminal Law Center
- criminal law materials from the United States and
throughout the world, including, among other things, criminal codes, criminal procedure
codes and enforcement codes.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
– Look up statistics on drugs, firearms
and crime, homicide trends, prevalence of imprisonment in the US, reentry trends,
recidivism, as well as many other statistics related to criminal justice. www.bjs.gov
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
brings together data from more than 100 sources
about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. This data is displayed
in over 600 tables. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available.
The Sourcebook is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice
Steven D. Levitt’s Criminal Law Papers
- Cutting-edge theories on criminal law cause
and effect. Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor in Economics at
the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago
Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes
the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. He also co-authored
the book Freakonomics.
The Innocence Project
was established in 1992 at the Benjamin
N. Cardozo School of Law by civil rights attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld
and is dedicated to exonerating the innocent through post-conviction DNA testing.
Since its inception, more than 190 people in the United States have been exonerated,
including 14 who were at one time sentenced to death. In many of these DNA exonerations,
the Innocence Project either was the attorney of record or consulted with the defendant's
attorneys. This unique combination of science, law, and social justice has created
a cohesive and powerful program for individual freedom and policy reform.
Center For Court Innovation
- Founded as a public/private partnership between
the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the
Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal
justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice.
The Center creates new programs that test innovative approaches to public safety
problems. Underlying this work is the concept of problem-solving justice—the
idea that, rather than simply processing cases, the justice system should seek to
change the behavior of offenders and improve public safety. While the Center's model
projects cover a broad range of topics—from juvenile delinquency to the reentry
of ex-offenders into society—the approach is always the same: rigorous, collaborative
planning and an emphasis on using data to document results and ensure accountability.
The Center's projects have achieved tangible results like safer streets, reduced
levels of fear, and improved neighborhood quality of life. www.courtinnovation.org
The National Drug Court Institute
- Promoting education, research and scholarship
for drug court and other court-based intervention programs, including DWI/DUI courts.