The Score: Anthony Kennedy, Criminal Justice, New Zealand, Brett Kavanaugh
On The Score this week, we hear about what changes we can expect if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as the successor to Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. A policy analyst from the R Street Institute brings us up to speed on efforts toward criminal justice reform. And a man with a remarkable list of professional accomplishments suggests ways to make government both smaller and more efficient.
Here’s a topic that the Supreme Court might have an opinion about: criminal justice reform. I had an opportunity to discuss this subject with Jesse Kelley, a former criminal defense attorney from Alabama who now is a policy analyst with the R Street Institute in Washington. It’s a wide-ranging topic, starting with prison reforms (like reducing solitary confinement) and extending to bans on felons obtaining professional licenses for occupations like barbering and interior design — not to mention changes in drug laws in an era of popular opposition to marijuana prohibition.