Temple Law Review Print
Volume 94, No. 4, Summer 2022

Scholars have recently cast doubt on the justifications for the criminalization of domestic violence, arguing that the criminal legal system proves inadequate in preventing future battering. Domestic violence, the argument continues, is largely a public health problem, which requires implementing noncarceral measures to effectively address it. Decriminalizing domestic violence aligns with broader reforms to defund […]

By Michal Buchhandler-Raphael [PDF]

The Symposium was a deep dive into one pathway to assuring the conditions for optimal health and wellbeing by addressing the health-harming impact of the criminal legal system. Panelists described historical laws and policies that have resulted in inequitable outcomes for people of color and other economically and socially marginalized populations. Panelists also discussed re-envisioning […]

By Dawn M. Hunter [PDF]

This punitive U.S. drug policy approach and its attendant symbolic moral crusade are commonly referred to as the “War on Drugs.” While frequently attributed to President Nixon, the inception of the War on Drugs can be traced back to the nation’s first opiate crisis in the late 1800s. Because the War on Drugs has been […]

By Taleed El-Sabawi & Jennifer Oliva [PDF]

Local governments heard their residents. In 2020, nearly half of the largest U.S. cities reoriented municipal spending priorities by directing money from their police budgets to social services;4 for many cities, these budgetary changes reversed decades of increases. Cities began implementing additional police reforms as well: New York City became the first municipality to end qualified […]

By Rick Su, Marissa Roy & Nestor Davidson [PDF]

Across the country, millions of people are subject to onerous fines and fees stemming from minor infractions, most of which target low-income people and people of color. These fines and fees result in severe consequences for not only the individuals fined but also their families, communities, and other taxpayers. For those who cannot pay immediately, fines and […]

By Puja Upadhyay [PDF]