Cementing Criminal Justice Reform


, Times Union
Banning products fuels black market
Jonathan Haggerty

Recent opinion contributors have argued in favor of banning all flavored cigarette products, including menthol. If banning things made them magically disappear, Prohibition and the war on drugs would…

, The Center Square
Supreme Court to consider allowing electronic devices in all Michigan courthouses
Nila Bala

From The Center Square:

Nila Bala, associate director of R Street’s Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties Program, told The Center Square this was an “access to justice” issue.

“So many…

, The Crime Report
How Menthol Bans Illustrate the Dangers of ‘Overcriminalization’
Arthur Rizer & Jonathan Haggerty

An obscure rule in the game of Monopoly states that if you roll doubles three times in a row on a single turn, you go to jail. The longer you play the game, the higher your chances of being caught by…

, Slate
A Wearable Wiretap
Nila Bala & Lars Trautman

Earlier this year, Chicago officers strapped an ankle monitor onto Shawn, a 15-year-old awaiting trial on charges of robbery. The ankle monitor offered police the ability to track Shawn’s…

An Eye for an Eye: Why the Georgia Legislature Should Repeal the Death Penalty
Corinne Day

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2019) – In the last five years, only one death sentence has been handed down by a jury in Georgia. Yet alleged perpetrators can still be sentenced to death in the state, despite…

R Street Policy Short No. 78: The State Of Georgia’s Death Penalty
Marc Hyden & Arthur Rizer

Capital punishment is quickly dwindling in Georgia. In fact, juries have delivered only one death sentence in over five years, and national polls show that death penalty support is near historic lows…

, AL
Prison crowding: Saving tax dollars and creating a path to redemption
Emily Mooney & Nila Bala

From AL:

Writing in The American Interest, Emily Mooney reports that a 2018 RAND study showed that educational programs offered in prisons were associated with reducing re-offending rates by as…

, The Center Square
House passes package easing expungement requirements
Jesse Kelley

From The Center Square:

Jesse Kelly, a government affairs specialist at The R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, previously told The Center Square expunging a…

, The Crime Report
Pre-Arrest Diversion: Where You Live Can Determine Whether You Go to Jail
Jonathan Haggerty & Lars Trautman

From The Crime Report:

The study, based on a 50-state survey by the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based policy think tank, examines how the most common pre-arrest diversion strategies…

, The Crime Report
Why Prosecutors Should Add Restorative Justice to Their Toolbox
Arthur Rizer & Emily Mooney

Turn on any popular legal drama on television, and you’ll see that American culture defines successful prosecutors as those who bluster away in the courtroom securing guilty pleas, stern verdicts…