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Inventory of the Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice Records
    Dates: 2005-2008
    Collection number: R398
    Creator: Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
    Collection Size: 4 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (CCFAJ) consist of four cubic feet of textual records reflecting the Commission's research and recommendations on the state's administration of criminal justice. The records date from 2005-2008. The records are organized into five record series: Meeting Files, Commission Binders, Reports, Death Penalty Files, and Subject Files.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice Records, R398.[series number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The State Archives received these records in a series of transfers according to state law.

    Agency History

    The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (CCFAJ) was established by Senate Resolution 44 (2003-2004, Burton). The duties of the Commission were to "study and review the administration of criminal justice to determine the extent to which that process has resulted in wrongful convictions or executions of innocent persons; to examine ways of providing safeguards and making improvements to the system; and to make recommendations designed to further ensure that the application and administration of criminal justice is just, fair, and accurate."
    The Commission was to review existing research, meet regularly, solicit public comments, and hold public hearings. The Commission's recommendations to the Governor were originally mandated to be submitted by December 31, 2007; however, Senate Resolution 10 (2007-2008, Perata) extended the deadline to June 30, 2008. Reports created by the Commission may be found at the California State Library.
    The Commission consisted of 25 members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Chair was John K. Van De Kamp, the Vice-Chair was Jon Streeter, and the Executive Director was Gerald (Jerry) F. Uelmen.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (CCFAJ) consist of four cubic feet of textual records reflecting the Commission's research and recommendations on the state's administration of criminal justice. The records date from 2005-2008. The records are organized into five record series: Meeting Files, Commission Binders, Reports, Death Penalty Files, and Subject Files.
    The Meeting Files document commission meetings as well as hearings held by the Commission to solicit expert and public input. The other record series primarily consist of research materials on eight main themes: eyewitness identification, false confessions, testimony of informants, forensic evidence, defense incompetence, prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful conviction, and the death penalty.

    Accruals

    No further accruals expected

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
    California. Legislature. Senate. Rules Committee
    Burton, John L., 1932-