Cementing Criminal Justice Reform

Publications

, The Crime Report
Tackling Overcriminalization in 2021: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jonathan Haggerty

How many criminal laws are currently on the books in the United States?

In the “land of the free,” which incarcerates 20 percent of the world’s prisoners despite comprising only five…

Testimony in regards to the civil rights implications of cash bail
Lars Trautman

Thank you for the opportunity to address the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on questions relating to pretrial and bail reform. These are critical questions with significant and far-reaching…

, Michigan Courts
Clean Slate ​
Nila Bala

From Michigan Courts:

Opinion: Automatic expungement plan would offer a ‘Clean Slate’ with bipartisan support – Lansing State Journal (July 24, 2020)

, The Newnan Times-Herald
Arresting Georgia’s Probation Problem
Marc Hyden

Not long ago, Georgia was widely considered the nation’s leader in criminal justice reform. Indeed, during Nathan Deal’s tenure as governor, the state adopted numerous bills aimed to lessen the…

, The White House
Press Secretary Jen Psaki White House Press Conference Transcript February 22
Emily Mooney

From The White House:

Ed: (15:03)
Okay. In imposing Neera Tanden, Republicans and at least one Democrat have said they expected more from the President’s nominees. In the vein of uniting a…

In SUPPORT of Nevada Senate Bill 50, in regards to limiting judges from issuing no-knock warrants except in some limited circumstances
Steven Greenhut

Dear Sen. Cannizzaro,

The R Street Institute is writing to support Senate Bill 50, which would limit judges from issuing no-knock warrants except in some limited circumstances. R Street is a…

, Senator Sherrod Brown
Brown Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act
Jesse Kelley

From Senator Sherrod Brown:

The bill has also been endorsed by…Pennsylvania Prison Society; R Street Institute; REFORM Alliance…

, Senator Dick Durbin
Durbin, Lee, Coons To Introduce Bipartisan Smarter Pretrial Detention For Drug Charges Act
Jesse Kelley

From Senator Dick Durbin:

The following organizations support the Smarter Pretrial Detention for Drug Charges Act: American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American…

In SUPPORT to SB 7, “An act relating to expanding access to expungement and sealing of criminal history records”
Anthony Lamorena

Chairman Sears Jr. and members of the committee,

My name is Anthony Lamorena, and I am a government affairs associate for the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research…

, Maryland Matters
Fines and Fees Keep Marylanders From Accessing Justice
Nila Bala

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented financial burden for Marylanders, with high rates of unemployment, businesses shuttering, and the deaths of family and friends. While we will never…