Economic Opportunity


Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Impose Excessive Fines on the Poor

From the ACLU:

This view has critical support from across the ideological spectrum. The ACLU’s amicus brief is joined by the R Street Institute, a free-market-oriented…

, Hill Happenings
Moving on from money bail: Federal and state policies for bipartisan reform
Lars Trautman

From Hill Happenings:
At any given time, our nation’s jails hold around 465,000 people that are still legally presumed innocent. Detained while awaiting their day in court, the…

, The Washington Post
Trump Hotel keeps its liquor license — and that’s as it should be
Jonathan Haggerty & C. Jarrett Dieterle

What do the president of the United States and an ex-convict from Michigan have in common?

They’ve both been involved in legal disputes with the government over their fitness to hold a…

, Giving Compass
This social entrepreneur is changing the way we help people in prison

From Giving Compass:
Bullock has received support from The Aspen Institute, local nonprofits and think tank R Street, but it was New Profit’s Unlocked Futures initiative that has given Bullock…

, Fox & Hounds
If California is burning, why is it turning away experienced firefighters?
Lars Trautman

Like the hydra of legend, California’s wildfires appear an inexhaustible force that simply multiplies and redoubles devastation in response to attempts to defeat it. Indeed, despite Herculean…

Event Video: Locked Out Of Work
Nila Bala

Finding work is vital for those with criminal records to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, one in four American jobs requires an occupational license from the government. Licensing creates high…

, Nonprofit Quarterly
California Pays Inmates $1 an Hour to Fight Wildfires
Arthur Rizer

Cited in Nonprofit Quarterly:
“The state of California is unabashed by that fact,” the director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy at the conservative R Street Institute told…

, Vox
California is using prison labor to fight its record wildfires
Arthur Rizer

Cited in Vox:

Prison labor has drawn a lot of criticism over the years. Several of the responses to CDCR on Twitter criticized the practice and questioned the agency’s use of “youth…

, Reason
As Prisoners, They Can Help Fight California’s Huge Wildfires. As Free People, They’re Banned From Being Firefighters
Shoshana Weissmann

Cited in Reason:
“It’s sadistic on so many levels,” Shoshana Weissmann, digital media specialist for the free-market R Street Institute, tells Reason. Weissman recently authored an op-ed calling…

, Washington Examiner
They fought wildfires as inmates, but California won’t let them become firefighters when free
Arthur Rizer

Cited in Washington Examiner:
California certainly owes a debt of gratitude to these prisoners. As the Economist noted last October, around 4,000 low-level felons made up 30 percent of the forest…