Criminal Law as Civil Regulation

Law 507



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Yet the reach of the criminal justice system goes well beyond prisons and jails. Contact with the criminal justice system can systemically trigger a host of other consequences, such as deportation, employment bans, and restrictions on access to public housing and other public benefits. These consequences can outweigh the criminal penalty, and they can remain in place long after any criminal sentence has been served. This course will examine how contact with the criminal justice system serves as a starting point for a host of regulatory decisions, ones that are motivated by purposes that are often distinct from criminal law aims of deterrence or retribution. Students will consider how this dynamic unfolds, its implications, whether and when it is justified, and law and public policy responses.

The course will build upon Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Investigation. It will examine how collateral consequences (state-imposed civil penalties triggered by criminal convictions) relate to punishment.


E. Jain

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