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A prosecutor’s case for FOSTA

*Lars Trautman cowrote this post. Responding to issues of online sex trafficking from the likes of Backpage.com, the Senate and House have each produced legislation to expand civil and …

A Prosecutor’s Case for FOSTA

*Lars Trautman cowrote this post. Responding to issues of online sex trafficking from the likes of Backpage.com, the Senate and House have each produced legislation to expand civil and …

Challenging the ‘life sentence’ of unemployment upon re-entry

It’s time to address one of the most common collateral consequences following individuals with criminal history records. Long after they have served their prison sentences, any sentence for …

We Need to Stop Incarcerating Children for Status Offenses and Nonviolent Misdemeanors

*Cowritten by Stacey Eunnae, an attorney in Washington, D.C., who represents students and their families in education and school discipline matters (@staceye).  Raiya,* a 17-year-old high school senior, was …

Fighting crime by putting fewer people in jail

Just this past July, Jane Doe’s file came up for review for participation in St. Louis County’s Safety and Justice Challenge — a nationwide effort funded by the …

Kansas’ juvenile justice reforms are working

This article was co-authored by R Street energy policy director Josiah Neeley. If you want to measure a law’s worth, you should look not to the glowing speeches given when …

R Street hosts dinner on justice reform in Nashville

As part of a continuing series of stakeholder discussions aimed at addressing the justice reform movements in states and localities nationwide, R Street’s justice and national security policy …

‘Tough on crime’ used to win votes. Now it’s all about criminal justice reform

*This oped was cowritten by Jon Haggerty. Black and white photos of the two presidential candidates briefly flash over a plain blue screen. A monotone, male narrator introduces the script: “Bush …

National Security Institute: Section 702 Reauthorization: Views from Across the Spectrum

Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative: Prison Labor: Reform or Abolish?

Cross-Border Data Requests: Evaluating reforms to improve law enforcement access

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Anne Hobson.  Access to electronic evidence has been critical for enforcement efforts for more than a decade, especially …

Federal ‘tough on crime’ policies have failed — here’s a new path forward

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jason Pye, vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks. Faced with exploding prison populations, states such as Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas …

Locked Up Without a Conviction: The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act and Strategies for Public Safety

New Orleans is ripe for justice reform

America's jail system is broken, and New Orleans offers a prime example of the issues that bedevil it. The city currently spends more than $190,000 a day detaining …

The opioid epidemic is changing what it means to protect and serve

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Harm Reduction Policy Director Carrie Wade. In a time when public attention on the police often has been critical, the men …

New Jersey sets an example in data-driven justice

There’s good news from the Garden State on the criminal justice front. The sweeping overhaul New Jersey lawmakers undertook in January, when they essentially abolished the state’s cash-bail …

National crime isn’t the epidemic the FBI would have us believe

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Analyst Easton Randall.  Preliminary reports suggest the FBI's annual crime report, expected to come out at the end of the month, will …

The conservative case for jail reform

The attached policy study originally appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of National Affairs. Vishnu Phagoo was released from jail in May 2014 after spending three years awaiting trial for the …

Want less crime? Put fewer people in jail

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Associate Jon Haggerty.  The "tough on crime" politics of decades past is making a resurgence, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leading …

Letter: Defense Department 1033 Program and the militarization of police

Letter to House. Letter to Senate. Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: We are a broad coalition of civil liberties, civil and human rights, and government accountability groups deeply disturbed by …

The key to safer, less costly jails? Reduce pretrial detention

A class-action lawsuit in the 1990s detailed harmful conditions in Maricopa County jails, including feeding inmates contaminated food and keeping mentally ill detainees in solitary confinement. Arpaio's actions ultimately …

Coalition Letter: Civil Asset Forfeiture Amendments to CJS Appropriations

The Honorable Paul Ryan, The Honorable Steve Scalise, The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, The Honorable Pete Sessions September 1, 2017 Re: Civil Asset Forfeiture Amendments to CJS Appropriations Gentlemen: Our organizations have long records in support …

CEI Coalition Letter in Support of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

September 1, 2017 Dear Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the thousands of Americans whose views and values are represented by our organizations, we respectfully request that …

President Trump’s police militarization again raises the question: do we want warriors or guardians?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jonathan Haggerty, a justice policy associate at the R Street Institute. That the Trump administration’s embrace of greater militarization of local police forces grabbed …

When should online platforms be liable for unlawful activity?

Ferguson still struggling with racial bias

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniela Velázquez, a strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. This month marks three years since an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown …

To protect and serve or to search and destroy?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jonathan Haggerty, a criminal justice policy associate at R Street. More than 1,800 M16 and M4 assault rifles, six military-armored vehicles, three mine-resistant …

Coalition letter on U.S. attorneys

Dear Chairman Grassley: On March 21, we wrote to urge you and members of the committee to conduct basic oversight with respect to the president’s nominees to serve as …

The War for the Web: Countering ISIS and Violent Extremism Online

Tom Cotton lone holdout on juvenile justice reform bill

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jonathan Matt, a technology policy research assistant at the R Street Institute.  Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has not been one to shy away from …

Jail reform must address mental health, substance dependence

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Associate Jon Haggerty. A hallucinating inmate caught spitting and urinating on the floor of his cell. A woman wildly smearing fecal …

LETTER: Alleviating the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children through Sentencing Reform

To: United States Sentencing Commission From: Pat Nolan, American Conservative Union Foundation, Patricia Allard, Justice Strategies, Jessica Jackson, Cut50, Marc Levin, Right on Crime Coalition, Arthur Rizer, R Street …

Letter: NDAA Rules Committee on Fiscal Amendments

Dear Representative, On behalf of our organizations and our combined memberships, we urge that the House Committee on Rules make the following amendments in order for consideration during debate …

Granting NSA permanent bulk surveillance authority would be a mistake

The following op-ed was co-authored by Ashkhen Kazaryan, an affiliated fellow at TechFreedom. Early last month, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reneged on a promise that the National Security Agency …

Joint letter to Five Eyes intelligence agencies regarding encryption

In light of public reports about this week’s meeting between officials from your agencies, the undersigned individuals and organizations write to emphasize the importance of national policies that …

LETTER: Support Florida SB 118

Dear Gov. Scott: The undersigned organizations write to voice support for S.B. 118, which both the House of Representatives and Senate have passed unanimously. S.B. 118 is part of an …

The next security risk may be your vibrator

The following op-ed was co-authored by Amie Stepanovich, U.S. policy manager and global policy counsel for Access Now.  Until hackers discovered the internet of things, a maker of kitchen appliances didn't …

What would Jesus do about criminal justice reform?

One of the more noteworthy political shifts of recent years is the degree to which prison reform has become a cause for conservatives. After decades of bellicose rhetoric …

Do criminal courts threaten privacy more than FISA courts?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Oglesby, a technology research assistant with the R Street Institute. Privacy advocates long have accused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) of being …

Feds taking social media passwords at the border sets a bad precedent

The following op-ed was co-authored R Street Research Associate Daniel Semelsberger. The Trump administration's plan to require visitors to the United States to hand over their social-media passwords is, when all …

Troops shouldn’t have to wait until they’re 21 to drink

The following op-ed was co-authored by C. Jarrett Dieterle, governance project fellow with the R Street Institute. When 19-year-old Purple Heart recipient Marine Cpl. Samuel “Lee”  Anderson was injured by a …

Stop mandating burdensome background check for Uber, Lyft drivers

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jon Haggerty, a research assistant at the R Street Institute. The Bay State has been abuzz this month at news that more than 8,000 Uber and …

Is reform on the horizon for Section 702 surveillance?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Semelsberger, a research assistant with the R Street Institute. An unappreciated subplot of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s departure as national security advisor …

Juvenile justice legislation now moves to U.S. House floor

A decade after Congress allowed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act's authorization to expire, legislation to reauthorize the bill is moving to the House floor following today's …

How to reduce juvenile crime: Use separate courts

The following op-ed was co-authored by Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute. As budget-strapped state legislatures seek ways to spend taxpayer dollars more effectively and efficiently, …

Technology has already created innovative solutions for our bloated jail populations, we just have to implement them

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Research Associate Jon Haggerty.  On any given day, roughly 750,000 people are locked up in American jails. Indeed, one-in-three incarcerated persons …

The administration’s bad start on civil asset forfeiture

It appears that President Donald Trump has officially taken a position on civil asset forfeiture. This week, the president offered to help “destroy” the career of a Texas …

A new conservative approach to jail reform: police diversion

There's no shortage of innovative methods states have explored to divert offenders away from jail and toward treatment-based solutions, whether it be through deferred prosecution, veterans' courts or, …

Autonomous vehicles could change everything you know about traffic stops

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. A driver’s license is a rite of passage. Unfortunately for many drivers, so too is one’s first …

For-profit policing undermines confidence in justice system

The following op-ed was co-authored by Alyse Ullery, a criminal justice policy advisor based in Austin, Texas. Card-reading devices that allow law enforcement to both check and seize the balance …

FBI fingerprinting for Uber and Lyft in Maryland would do more harm than good

Maryland is precariously close to being Uber-less, thanks to a requirement that, as of Dec. 15, all drivers must submit to background checks that include FBI fingerprinting [“Uber …

The Ever-Changing Bogeyman: How fear has driven immigration law and policy

The attached policy study appeared first in Vol. 77 of the Louisiana Law Review.  The campaign for the Republican nomination for the American presidency in 2015 and 2016 has …

The case for criminal justice reform in lame duck

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Outreach Manager Nathan Leamer. With just a few weeks remaining in the 114th Congress, members are returning to Capitol Hill to take …

Make Congress great (or at least relevant) again with criminal justice reform

With a disapproval rating hovering around 80 percent, the 114th Congress is on track to be among the least productive in history. But with the end of a …

‘Demilitarize’ the police?

Policing has always been a difficult job. It has recently become more so. On a daily basis, officers around the country find themselves yelled at, protested against, and …

Policing is a profession: You don’t get to pick and choose whom you serve and protect

Since the National Football League's kneeling controversy started, several police organizations around the country have stated they would not protect individual players or whole teams until all the …

Much ado about nothing? The phantom U.S. crime wave

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its much anticipated annual crime report this week, which within hours became fodder for both candidates in the first presidential debate. While …

Yet one more unimportant article about Colin Kaepernick

How many “real” news stories are transpiring as I write this, the umpteenth unnecessary opinion piece about Colin Kaepernick and his protest to kneel during the national anthem? …

Criminal justice reform doesn’t have to mean ‘soft on crime’

The phrase "criminal justice reform" is loaded with emotional impact. To some, the words translate to "soft on crime," which has been a political mantra and damning epithet …

Criminal-justice reform is no boon to illegal aliens

A common avenue of attack against criminal-justice reform, particularly its mandatory-minimum provisions, is to invoke the bogeyman of illegal immigration. The argument generally suggests that incarcerated aliens would …

Criminal-justice reform won’t be a boon to illegal aliens

A common avenue of attack against criminal-justice reform, particularly its mandatory-minimum provisions, is to invoke the bogeyman of illegal immigration. The argument generally suggests that incarcerated aliens would …

Police Violence: The symptoms of deeper societal issues?

The rash of police-on-civilian and civilian-on-police violence has once again brought to a boil the question of why a nation founded on the very idea of limited government …

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