The Catholic University of America


3L Paul Peterson Soon to be Double-Published
in Peer Reviewed Journals


It’s not easy to find a home for one’s scholarship in a peer-reviewed law journal while still in law school.
Catholic University third-year law student Paul Peterson will shortly have managed to pull off the feat twice.

His work, "Supervision Fees: State Policies and Practice,” was published the June edition of Federal Probation: A Journal of Correctional Philosophy and Practice (Vol. 76, No. 1, June 2012). The article, published while Peterson was a legal intern with the Juneau, Alaska City Prosecutor's Office, tracks the national policy narrative that accompanied the explosive adoption of supervision fees since the 1980s and then suggests areas for reevaluation and reform.
The arguments for and against supervisory fees have been explored by others, but Peterson told journal readers that:
“All information on the subject suffers from one fundamental flaw: the failure to distinguish between supervisees at a high risk of unsuccessful reentry (including recidivists, parolees coming off of long prison terms, and the chronically unemployed) and low-risk supervisees (such as many of those convicted of drunk-driving or possession of marijuana). All of the studies on supervision fees are policy-oriented and incorrectly use the experience of one group to generalize to the other without acknowledging the differences between them.”
Peterson’s second article, "A Decade Redrawn: Presentence Boundaries of the Privilege against Compelled Self-Incrimination since Mitchell v U.S," will be published in the Oct. 2012 edition of the Federal Sentencing Reporter.