Jail Reform


, Las Vegas Sun
Municipal fees: The new debtors’ prison
Kristen Nyman & Jesse Kelley

Following the 2008 financial crisis, municipalities in 47 states increased their civil and criminal fines and fees in an effort to alleviate their dire financial situations.

These penalties…

Written Testimony of Emily Mooney of the R Street Institute submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for its public briefing on “Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars”
Emily Mooney

On behalf of the R Street Institute, I welcome this opportunity to submit written testimony in anticipation of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (UCCR) briefing regarding the federal government’s…

, The Albany Times Union
Incarcerated women deserve better health care
Jesse Kelley

In the shadow of yet another lawsuit regarding the unlawful shackling of an incarcerated pregnant woman, New York has an opportunity to pass legislation that addresses the abysmal state of health…

Postsecondary education in Michigan prisons
Emily Mooney & Jesse Kelley & Nila Bala

“Promoting postsecondary education for Michigan prisoners is not just smart for public safety. It also has the potential to encourage a positive, safer community behind bars; to increase…

Beaten to Death in Prison
Emily Mooney & SteVon Felton

“Reminiscent of a vengeful plot from The Godfather, South Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was murdered last month shortly after being transferred to U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton. While…

Georgia Must Tackle Cash Bail Reform
Marc Hyden

Last legislative session, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal embarked on one last ambitious endeavor: addressing the state’s problematic cash-bail practices. And in April 2018, the Legislature approved a…

Lean on me: The importance of supporting family connections to ensure successful re-entry
Ann Phelan

Washington (October 3) – Approximately two million people are currently behind bars across the United States. This extends the impact of incarceration far beyond jails and prisons to millions of…

The importance of supporting family connections to ensure successful re-entry
Emily Mooney & Nila Bala

“Behind most incarcerated individuals is a family that is critical to encouraging positive change on the inside and supporting them as they prepare for life on the outside. Connecting these…

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

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…

, Institute for Justice
Friend-of-the-Court briefs stack up against the state in U.S. Supreme Court’s Timbs excessive fines clause case
Media Coverage

From Institute for Justice:
Nineteen amicus (or “friend-of-the-court”) briefs have been filed thus far in Timbs. Among the more notable amici are:

The ACLU, R-Street Institute, Fines and…