46 Hastings L.J. 967 (1994-1995)
Prosecutorial Discretion and the Federalization Debate

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Prosecutorial Discretion and the
Federalization Debate
This Symposium is organized around a timely and vital topic.
Last year's Crime Bill-the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994- rep-
resented an historic extension of the frontiers of federal law enforce-
ment. The new Congress recently began consideration of legislation
that would extend the borders of federal criminal jurisdiction still fur-
ther. Although these measures are debated vigorously in Congress
and around the nation, the debate is frequently too partisan and short-
sighted to permit adequate focus on broader principles. This Sympo-
sium provides a welcome opportunity to measure our immediate
crime-fighting efforts against the values that underpin our federal sys-
tem of government.
While the Department of Justice has been an active participant in
the debate over particular proposals, it also has attempted to think
more generally about the federalization of crime. From her back-
ground as a career state prosecutor, the Attorney General brought to
Washington a practical understanding of the limits and potential bene-
fits of the relationship between federal and state law enforcement.
She has insisted that the Department approach law enforcement
problems in partnership with states and localities. She has asked us to
take the longer view, and in particular to reconsider, along with col-
leagues from all three branches of federal and state government, the
* Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice. This Keynote
Address was presented February 4, 1995 at the Hastings Law Journal Symposium on the
Federalization of Crime at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
** Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Policy Development, United States
Department of Justice. Thanks to Eric Havian and Kent Walker for their helpful


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