Policy Studies


Youth Probation in the Time of COVID-19
Nila Bala & Emily Mooney
[C]oncerns about contagion have already required a substantial shift from normal probation protocols and will continue to do so as we prepare for a possible new wave of cases in the fall. However,…

Postal Real Estate
Nick Zaiac

To carry out this mission, USPS operates approximately 31,000 post offices as well as a network of production and distribution centers and facilities to house postal management.1 This represents a…

The Conservative Case for Expanded Access to Absentee Ballots
Kevin Kosar & Marc Hyden & Steven Greenhut

Expanded access to absentee voting comports with conservative principles, which helps explain why a number of conservative state policymakers have advanced proposals to achieve it.
Press release:…

Resisting Protectionism in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Clark Packard & Bill Watson

Over the last several years, hawkish politicians in the United States have argued that we are too dependent for a number of important products on adversarial  countries like China. Since the…

The Case for Clean Slate in Louisiana
Nila Bala

Louisiana currently has an opportunity to pass Second Chance policies, which will be more important than ever in a post-pandemic world.
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Press release: Why Clean Slate…

Of Monopolies and Monocultures: The Intersection of Patents and National Security
Charles Duan


It was certainly an odd thing for the Department of Justice attorney arguing for the United States to appear before the Ninth Circuit to tell the appellate judges that a federal…

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The Evolution of Modern Use-of-Force Policies and the Need for Professionalism in Policing
Arthur Rizer & Emily Mooney

The American people delegate to the police the authority to enforce criminal laws and promote public safety. As part of that delegation, we give officers the power to use force and even…

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The “Radical” Notion of the Presumption of Innocence
Arthur Rizer


The presumption of innocence has been a bulwark of the American justice system since the nation’s founding. Yet, the current scope and scale of pretrial detention prevents…

Ensuring Safe Elections
Paul Rosenzweig

First, what Congress has provided so far is not enough to run safe and secure elections in 2020. Our review shows that the March 27 grants will likely cover anywhere from less than 10 percent of what…

A Legislative Guide to Supporting Prosecutorial Reform
Lars Trautman

Prosecutorial efforts can only realize their lofty potential for positive change with the active and enduring support of state legislatures.
Press release: How Legislators Can Support Prosecutorial…