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March 20, 2006

International law and criminal justice

I just received an e-mail from folks at the Sentencing Project directing me to this interesting testimony concerning the intersection of internation law and American criminal justice.  Here's the text of the e-mail:

On March 17, Ryan King, Policy Analyst of The Sentencing Project, delivered testimony before members of the United Nations' Human Rights Committee regarding the United States' failure to abide by key sections of international treaty law as they pertain to domestic criminal justice policies.  On behalf of The Sentencing Project and allied organizations, the testimony charges that the U.S. has failed to comply with numerous provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  These areas include access to counsel for indigent defendants, equal protection in sentencing, and oversight of standards in detention facilities.  The testimony was prepared as a response to the U.S. government's submission to the Committee, and will serve as the basis for a more comprehensive report to be submitted to the Committee at its formal meeting in July.

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In the body of your email, please indicate if you are a professor, student, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc. so I can gain a sense of who is reading my blog. Thank you, DAB