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Criminal Law Research & Theory

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.  ypdcrime.com/index.htm

University of Buffalo Criminal Law Center Resources - criminal law materials from the United States and throughout the world, including, among other things, criminal codes, criminal procedure codes and enforcement codes. law.lib.buffalo.edu/legalsources/topresources.asp

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

The 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 Statistics.  www.albany.edu/sourcebook

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 pricetheory.uchicago.edu/levitt/home.html

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.  www.innocenceproject.org/

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.  www.ndci.org