Cementing Criminal Justice Reform

Publications

, Above the Law
Prohibiting Harmless Consensual Or Self-Regarding Acts By Adults Is Bad Law And Policy
Jonathan Haggerty

From Above the Law:

Yet, despite the abundance of evidence that overcriminalization is unnecessary and destructive, local, state, and federal governments just can’t seem to let go.

, The Newnan Times-Herald
Passing the Buck on Atlanta’s Crime
Marc Hyden

After another tragic week, Atlanta can no longer ignore the increasing crime that has unfortunately become the norm. According to a recent Atlanta Police Department report, year to date, murders…

AB 251: Makes various changes relating to juvenile justice.
Nila Bala

Dear Chair Scheible, Vice Chair Cannizzaro and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

My name is Nila Bala, and I am the associate director of Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties Policy for…

, The Pete Kaliner Show
Radio: NC could make criminal expunction easier. Plus, the ‘Antifa Inn’ anti-cop marquee prompts outrage.
Marc Hyden

From The Pete Kaliner Show:

It’s the crazy season in the North Carolina General Assembly, as lawmakers try to get their bills passed before the May 13 “crossover” deadline. One bill, dubbed the…

Let’s get Clean Slate right in North Carolina
Marc Hyden

North Carolina made national news last year when the legislature unanimously approved the Second Chance Act, which expanded access to criminal record expungements.

Now, roughly a year later,…

Supreme Court’s ruling ignores that children can be rehabilitated
Nila Bala

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court made it easier to sentence youth to life without parole, the harshest sentence for a young person. The decision is a sharp departure from precedent established over…

Texans have had a rough year. Fixing the probation system would be a bright spot.
Nila Bala

This year is already turning out to be an historic one for the state of Texas. Freezing temperatures and power outages crippled much of Texas at the beginning of the year, putting vulnerable…

, KIOW
Ernst, Casey Push to Give Americans a “Clean Slate,” Seal Records for Past Low-Level, Nonviolent Offenses
Anthony Lamorena

From KIOW:

The Clean Slate Act is endorsed by Americans for Tax Reform, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Business Roundtable, Center for American Progress, Code for America,…

, Senator Joni Ernest
Ernst, Casey Push to Give Americans a “Clean Slate,” Seal Records for Past Low-Level, Nonviolent Offenses
Anthony Lamorena

From Senator Joni Ernest:

The Clean Slate Act is endorsed by Americans for Tax Reform, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Business Roundtable, Center for American Progress, Code…

The verdict will not bring George Floyd back. Here is where we go next.
Nila Bala

On Tuesday, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. As President Joe Biden said, this verdict is a step forward. It symbolizes a…