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Criminal Justice Reform

The Criminal Justice Reform Project is a cooperation between Prof. Carsten Momsen, Prof. Kirstin Drenkhahn of Freie Universität Berlin, and Sarah Lisa Washington, Clinical Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, NY and Attorney, Bronx Defenders, New York.

It revolves around current criminal justice topics in the U.S. and Europe. This includes bail reform, pre-trial detention, (mass) incarceration, juveniles in the justice system, calls to defund the police and, more generally, the basic structure of criminal justice systems. The project explores areas of legal and factual development that affects both the German and Anglo-American legal systems in ways that are worth comparing. Examples include the increasing influence of AI, the safeguarding of human rights as rights of the accused and victims, and individuals affiliated with them, or fundamental questions such as the role of punishment in society. This project aims to initiate a broader dialogue and explores opportunities for reimagination by bringing together a variety of perspectives from a comparative law lense.

The project regularly hosts (online) events and discussions within a "lecture series" concerning relevant topics which are announced seperately.

Find more information on our website here.