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First Step Act can help those incarcerated and bridge the partisan gap
Jesse Kelley

Throughout the past year, the Trump administration has made criminal justice reform one of its paramount issues. As early as April 2018, for example, ABC News reported that sources close to the…

Licensing pet groomers won’t help pets. It will hurt low-income groomers.
Shoshana Weissmann & Jesse Kelley

Following heart-wrenching stories of pet owners going to PetSmart to groom their dogs just to have the dogs returned to them dead or severely injured, the state of New Jersey is moving to…

Police data collection in Chicago creates accountability and improves officer safety
SteVon Felton

In a last ditch effort to undermine criminal justice reform efforts, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions solidified his opposition to consent decrees by limiting their use by the federal…

Administration revokes press pass in act of retaliation
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Nov. 7, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials were revoked in the wake of a heated interaction with the President during the White House’s…

Case studies highlight success of member-driven congressional oversight
Aubrey Neal

Re-establishing Congress’ strength as an independent, functioning branch of government is a goal easier said than done. Officials and experts alike struggle to propose rubber-hits-the-road…

AG Sessions forced to resign in shadow of midterm elections.
Aubrey Neal

On November 7, the day following the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump requested Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. This action follows months of tension between the Department of…

Sudan v. Harrison: How mailing a foreign embassy created a legal kerfuffle
Anthony Marcum

Let’s say you want to sue someone. Along with writing a complaint and filing it with the court, you must be sure the person (or organization) you’re suing has “notice.” This is often done by…

Crime scare tactics play well in elections, but reforms are working
Steven Greenhut

Election campaigns may be a good way to debate broad political themes, but they aren’t the best way to delve deeply into statistical details and to hash out the nuances of public policy. We’re…

Individuals with felonies deserve the right to vote in Florida
Nila Bala

Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years, and not just because the governor’s seat is up for grabs.

Further down the ballot, Floridians will find the…

Birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Tuesday President Donald Trump announced plans to draft an executive order that would deny birthright American citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizen…