Research & Commentary


Drowning in Unintended Consequences
R.J. Lehmann

Presentation to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Feb. 21, 2020.

, The Hill
Why prosecutorial discretion must be less discreet for criminal justice
Lars Trautman

It might seem entirely reasonable to expect that prosecutors will always prosecute an offense. After all, it is right there in the name. However, in becoming the latest legislative body to draw this…

Immigration raids raise age-old states’ rights issues
Steven Greenhut

The Trump administration is continuing its fight against those sanctuary cities in California and elsewhere that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities who seek to deport illegal…

, The Gazette
Quit flooding Iowa workers with licensing fees
Anthony Lamorena

Last year, flooding across Iowa caused over $2 billion in damage. In the aftermath, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have poured resources…

Keep Calm and Carry on with State Criminal Justice Reform
Jesse Kelley & Arthur Rizer

The passage of the First Step Act by the federal government one year ago marked a significant change in the way states approached the issue of criminal justice reform. Some states, like Florida, have…

, Washington Examiner
You shouldn’t need a government license to blow-dry Mark Zuckerberg’s hairy armpits
Shoshana Weissmann

New reporting claims that Mark Zuckerberg has aides blow-dry his armpits before important speaking events to reduce his profuse anxiety-related sweating. Unless the Facebook CEO has licensed…

, The American Spectator
Taking Property for Fun and Profit
Steven Greenhut

After a group of homeless moms simply moved into a vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland owned by a company that invests in local real estate, local progressives turned them into folk heroes. These…

Free-market and conservative groups support the AFFIRM Act
Clark Packard

Dear Member of Congress,

On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations, we encourage you to support the recently reintroduced bipartisan Assisting Family…

Do No Harm: Managing Retreat By Ending New Subsidies
R.J. Lehmann

These two recommendations offer an important step in what will be an evolving discussion of how to respond to climate change and sea-level rise. Where we can discourage flood-prone land from being…

In support of House Bill No. 842, “AN ACT concerning Juvenile Law – Informal Adjustment.”
Emily Mooney

Testimony from:
Emily Mooney, Policy Fellow, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties, R Street Institute
In support of House Bill No. 842, “AN ACT concerning Juvenile Law – Informal…