Call for Submissions: Unpacking Progressive Prosecution in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

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The Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (CRCL) at Stanford Law School seeks articles for a Special Issue focusing on the rise of self-described progressive prosecutors in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and elsewhere, to be published in Spring 2020. 

For this special issue, we especially welcome work from practitioners, prison abolitionists, DAs, currently or formerly incarcerated individuals, and other stakeholders.

About the Special Issue

Self-identified progressives are running in—and winning—races for district attorney. These candidates campaign on criminal justice platforms, promising to mobilize the broad discretion prosecutors wield to effect change. These races pose a number of questions:

  • What makes a district attorney’s platform progressive? What should a progressive prosecution policy platform look like, and who shapes that vision?
  • Have progressive prosecutors accomplished what they sought to achieve?
  • How do the platforms of progressive prosecutors relate to the prison abolitionist movement?
  • What kinds of change can progressive prosecution achieve, and what are the limitations of this strategy? Are there more effective pathways to ensure safety, accountability, and justice in the criminal justice system?

We are interested in writing that engages with any of these questions, or any other topic touching on the rise of progressive prosecution.

To Submit an Article

Send an email to with the following documents:

  1. A manuscript of your article, including an abstract and table of contents
  2. A link to or copy of your CV, resume, or description of your relevant experience



Submissions should be received by Dec. 15, 2019.



Authors will be notified by Feb. 15, 2020 regarding publication decisions. Please follow up with the submissions committee if your piece is under review elsewhere and you require expedited review.



Submitted articles will preferably be under 25,000 words in length (approximately 80 double-spaced pages or 50 law review pages) with citations for all statements of fact. CRCL prefers articles with a clear thesis or argument that can materially advance discussions surrounding the topic, both within academia and among practitioners Law journal formatting is encouraged, but not required for submitted manuscripts. Additional information, including an archive of past issues, is available at


About the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

The Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (CRCL) is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to domestic and international civil rights and civil liberties issues. CRCL explores the changing landscape of civil rights and civil liberties dialogue, the intersection of academic civil rights discourse and social movements, and the larger structural and systemic implications of these issues.