Law 603 - Noncitizens in the Criminal Legal System
Jennifer M. Chacón
J.D. Yale Law School, 1998
This seminar will explore a broad set of issues relating to noncitizens and the criminal legal system, including: the bureaucratic bonds between the criminal enforcement and immigration enforcement systems, the effect of citizenship status on criminal enforcement processes and outcomes, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the procedural rules and norms governing the policing of crimes of migration, the policing of immigrant communities more generally, the punishment of noncitizens, and the extraterritorial reach of the criminal law. The focus will be primarily domestic, but we will pay some attention to comparative developments.
Students who take this course will be able to evaluate the immigration consequences of particular criminal convictions and will develop and practice this skill through written analysis. Students will be familiar with the ways that citizenship status can affect criminal case processing and have an understanding of legal tools available to mitigate the adverse consequences of noncitizen status. Students will be able to compare criminal procedural protections available to individuals in the criminal system with the protections available to immigrants in civil immigration proceedings. They will also be able to engage with the relevant theoretical literature to explore how race, gender, class, ability and other identity categories shape the experience of individuals in the criminal and immigration enforcement systems.