9 Crim. Just. 1 (1981-1982)

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                                                       Dramatic Changes in Criminal
                                                       Procedure Proposed by A.G.'s
                                                       Task Force
                                                         The final GtPhase eind report of the Attorney General's
                                                       Task Force on Violent Crime places a top priority on the
                                                       federal government getting its own house in order for an
                                                       effective fight against crime, and an improved
                                                       coordination of federal, state and local efforts in this area.
                                                         Whereas the 'Phase I' report issued on June 17
                                                       contained recommendations that the Department of
                                                       Justice could undertake within its existing statutory
  rom left: CJS Chairperson Judge Sylvia Bacon; Presidential  framework and resources, the final report unveiled on
Counselor Edwin Moose, 1ll; CJS Crime Task Force Chairperson  August 17 focuses on changes in federal statutes,
Richard . Gerstein, and CJS Director Laurie 0. Robinson funding levels and allocation of resources designed to
  Speaking at a luncheon organized by the Criminal Justice  increase the federal government's impact on violent and
Section at the ABA's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Edwin  serious crime, while at the same time decreasing its
Meese, I told a capacity audience that he was tremendously  involvement in state and local criminal justice matters.
impressed by the advance drafe report of the CJS Task Force  This decreased presence is most forcefully articulated
on Crime,  ci    justice systema
  Following a speech in which he called crime *the number
one social problem, Meese left Criminal Justice Section accompanying the final report, which states, 'We do not
members with this charge:                              believe that the federal government should subsidize the
  D think we have to work together to enlist the entire bar, and  ongoing operations of state and local criminal justice
through the entire bar, a much greater degree of public support  systems.' The report notes that (T)he federal
for the kinds of common sense solutions that your task force is
working with .                                           T would hope that this Section can go forward government's first priority should be to provide adequate
in the next year making the entire legal profession an agent for  resources to its own offices. It suggests that federal
improving the criminal justice system.                government support and assistance to local govern-
                                                       ments be provided in the few areas where the federal
                                                       government is in a unique position to do so.
                   Bulletin          ~Three months in preparation, the report recommenda-
                                                       tions must be acted upon by Attorney General William
                                                       French Smith and the Reagan Administration before
                                          ccaiu becoming truely serious proposals with a potential for
 S     r1n shaping the character of criminal justice operations at
                                eeicwiy'e  anocreas the federal level, with  consequent impact on state and
                                                       local systems. A review of the more salient points in the
 Raoi      in sh cmmi          s:  st enatmrt          final report which are most likely to be of interest to
   0                                                   criminal law practitioners follows, as a harbinger of what
                                                       by language ctn mn th transmittais to come.
                  accompayinge thefi                                       Narcotics
                         \   A s c ed on Recommendations focus on foreign policies and
            e' emil 4r ~- he ~estin~abl  ~Ontifuioniiy of
                                                       ystborder policies to eradicate and interdict illicit drugs
 tov where cultivated, processed  or transported.

   resourcesGtototsiawn                                                     Firearms
 St                   . on foy Among recommendations are a ban on the
 oI&ggn an a    iy ove bjudei s, tern       'Teimportation of certain handgun parts,   and a waiting
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