Our Criminal Legal System: Plagued by Problems and Ripe for Reform Academic Article uri icon


  • The important movement toward reforming the United States’ criminal legal system is widespread geographically and politically. Elements of reform have occurred top down, judicially or administratively, as well as bottom up, driven by nonprofit organizations, litigants, court administrators, and community groups. Dispute resolution professionals bring particular skills and mindsets that can advance criminal justice reform. This article looks at three areas where reform can be promoted and powered by dispute resolution professionals: plea bargaining, problem-solving courts, and restorative justice.

published proceedings

  • Dispute Resolution Magazine

author list (cited authors)

  • Schneider, A. K., & Alkon, C

complete list of authors

  • Schneider, Andrea Kupfer||Alkon, Cynthia

publication date

  • January 2020