Jail Reform


, CBC Radio
Balancing safety with privacy in prison: should ‘smart’ technology monitor inmates?
Media Coverage

From CBC Radio:

Artificial intelligence has great potential to help with all sorts of aspects of our lives – smart homes, cars, workplaces – but can AI help improve our prisons?


If the state can’t control prisons, how can it control us?
Steven Greenhut

Of the 1,000 or so California bills that likely will become law this year, virtually every measure will give government more power to do one thing or another. The consensus in the Capitol…

, The Detroit News
Opinion: Invest in higher education for prisoners
Nila Bala

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed an executive order, creating a bipartisan task force to improve the criminal justice system. If this is to be a successful initiative,…

, Real Clear Health
Smoking Marijuana Is Bad for Your Health, but Spending Time in Jail Is Worse
Jesse Kelley & Arthur Rizer

From cheesy taglines insisting “This ain’t your grandfather’s marijuana” to hyperbolic headlines warning that “Cannabis Users Risk their Sanity,” we have been lectured for decades about…

, Arnold Ventures
Shining a Light Inside Prisons
Media Coverage

From Arnold Ventures:

Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice and civil liberties at the R Street Institute, says the only way to advance prison reform is to first address the inhumane…

, The Crime Report
How to Fix Alabama’s Adult Prisons: Stop Incarcerating Young People
Jesse Kelley & Lars Trautman

Many folks picture a Sunday in the South to include a Baptist church choir, lemonade on the front porch, and hot, hazy humidity that will hug a person in warm southern hospitality.

It’s an…

Who profits from prison labour?
Media Coverage

From BBC’s In the Balance:

Prison labour is a feature of penal systems almost everywhere around the world and many private companies profit from it. But whose benefit is the work really for? Does…

, Televerde
R Street: The Future of Prison Work: Private Employment Behind Bars
Media Coverage

From Televerde:

For many of America’s prisoners, life after prison can mean perpetual unemployment, as approximately 600,000 return home each year—many without job prospects. In fact, a study…

Florida’s Bail System Hasn’t Changed in Jacksonville
Media Coverage

From Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

R Street Institute fellow Arthur L. Rizer III, a former police officer and prosecutor, noted in a National Affairs essay that, compared…

, AL.com
Scathing DOJ report lambastes Alabama Department of Corrections
Marc Hyden

Alabama’s prisons are so rife with bloodshed and sexual abuse that President Trump’s Department of Justice concluded that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is grossly violating…