Teri Carns from AK (Alaska, not Arkansas) sends this comment along regarding my post yesterday on privatizing law:
Hi Mike - interesting abstract. Are you proposing that the
administration of criminal law be privatized? In whole or in part? Our
office has worked a lot with alternative dispute resolution in the civil
system (and in the context of tribal courts).
In the context of tribal courts, Alaska has a number of somewhat
informal relationships that permit "minor" criminal offenses to be
handled locally. "Minor" is sometimes in the eyes of the mutual
beholders; I have heard of offenses that might have been categorized as
burglary being handled in villages.
We also have at least our fair share of former judges who find
well-paid work as mediators, arbitrators, etc., and a number of others
who do a lot of ADR.
She also kindly provided some additional links to some really good reference sources that you might want to look at if you want to follow up: