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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schneider, A. K., & Alkon, C.

publication date

  • January 1, 2020 11:11 AM