Does the American Criminal Justice System Need an Overhaul?

Debate
November 16, 2015
5:00PM to 6:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

Judge Alex Kozinski recently published a scathing critique of the American criminal justice system in an article titled “Criminal Law 2.0.” According to Judge Kozinski, we should be alarmed by the number of people who have been exonerated by DNA testing. That testing has exposed a system that is rife with false confessions, unreliable eyewitnesses, junk forensics, and misbehaving prosecutors, among other problems. Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, on the other hand, says critics have exaggerated the problems and ignored the virtues of our institutions. Although the American criminal justice system has its share of failings, it gets a lot of things right and is thus worthy of our admiration and respect. Please join us for a vigorous debate between two of our most experienced and learned judges.