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3 Crim. Just. 1 (1975-1976)

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Standards  See  4-5
         HighlghtsABA Standards Adopted; NAC

         Proecuor Deat  Reports Stimulate  Planning


Privacy: Guidelines for

Criminal Justice         See p. 3

Council Acts at

ABA Meeting
   The Criminal Justice Section's gov-
erning Council - meeting during the
ABA   Midyear  Meeting in Chicago,
Feb. 22-23 - reaffirmed support for
legislation to strengthen privacy of
financial records; approved principles
to be  embodied  in a  model  state
statute covering first offenders in drug
cases; and urged ABA   support for
revision of rape laws and elimination
of unique corroboration requirements
in trial of rape cases. The rape resolu-
tion was later approved by the House
of Delegates.
   The ABA  poliy-making  House of
Delegates also approved a Section dues
increase to $20, effective July 1, 1975;
and a Section report urging reaffirma-
tion of support for the Uniform Alco-
holism and  Intoxication Treatment
   Judge Charles R. Richey, Chairman
of the CJS Committee  on Alcohol &
Drug Abuse, presented to the Council
a model  state statute providing pro-
bation and expungement for first of-
fenders in drug cases. While failing to
approve the model act as drafted by
the committee, that Council did ap-
prove the following principles - which
it urged the National Conference of
Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
(NCCUSL)   to consider in redrafting
that section of the Uniform Controlled
Substances Act:
             continued  on  page 4

   Many  areas of  the country are
showing  significant improvement in
administering criminal justice.
   Among  these are:
   * Arkansas - Last month the Gov-
ernor signed into law the new substan-
tive code, drafted by the state's Crim-
inal Code Revision Commission. The
code supplements the Rules of Crim-
inal Procedure in adopting many of
the ABA   Criminal Justice Standards
(see winter issue, p. 5).
   * Indiana - Supreme Court affirm-
ed broad  pretrial discovery for both
prosecution and defense in a landmark
decision in October 1974.
   * Minnesota - New Rules of Crim-
inal Procedure, effective July 1, 1975,
adopt  many  ABA  recommendations,
including the omnibus hearing.
   * North  Carolina - A new  Pre-
trial Criminal Procedure Act, effec-
tive July 1, 1975,  drafted by the
state's Criminal Code  Commission,
implement many  of the ABA Criminal
Justice Standards.
   * Rhode  Island - Amended Rules
of Criminal Procedure, adopted by the
Superior Court, became effective Jan-
uary  1975 and  institute broad dis-
covery provisions for the state.
   Among   recently completed state
comparative analyses of the ABA Stan-
dards with local practices is Maine,
which also included the reports of the
National Advisory Commission (NAC)
in the study.
   Nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court
recently cited the ABA   Standards
Relating to the Prosecution & Defense
Functions, in finding that:
            continued  on  page  9

   The Montana  Council on Criminal
Justice Standards and Goals held its
first orientation conference in Helena
on Dec. 14, 1974.
   Judge W. D. Murray (U.S. District
Court, Butte, MT), chairman of the
Montana  Council, introduced keynote
speaker  Judge William J. Jameson
(U.S. District Court, Billings, MT),
past president of the ABA, who spoke
about the need for and timeliness of
the Montana  program and about the
continuing work of the ABA  in sup-
porting the standards and goals process.
   Dr. Ellis MacDougal also addressed
the conference on correctional stan-
dards and goals. Dr. MacDougal, past
president of The  American  Correc-
tional Association and  formerly a
member   of  the National Advisory
Commission  on Criminal Justice Stan-
dards and  Goals, stressed that vast
changes are needed  in most correc-
tional systems today.
   James  Hagerty,  acting director,
Standards and Goals Division, Office
of National Priority Programs (LEAA),
concluded the morning session of the
conference by describing the commit-
ment  of resources and technical assis-
tance made by LEAA  and available to
states engaged in the criminal justice
standards and goals process.
   In the afternoon, the group broke
into five task forces: police, courts,
corrections, information systems, and
community  crime prevention.

   The  Montana   Board  of  Crime
Control is supporting the study with a
$400,000 discretionary subgrant.

Copyright @ 1975 American Bar Association

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