Jail Reform


, Washington Examiner
Are death row inmates entitled to religious liberty?
Arthur Rizer

Law professor and former federal prosecutor Arthur Rizer expressed his opinion on this to the Washington Examiner via email, noting his practical concerns:

I do think that this is a…

How Civil Society Can Bring About Justice for Juveniles in Florida
Corinne Day

WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2019) – The criminal justice system is generally the epitome of government control, with any role for civil society usually relegated to the reentry and reintegration of…

Civil Society Series: Empowering Civil Society To Improve Juvenile Justice In Florida
Lars Trautman & Andy Smarick

Responding to scofflaws may seem like the quintessential government endeavor; the government is, after all, responsible for enforcing our laws. Yet, the civil citation experiment in Florida offers…

Your PTACC Ticker for the Week of November 5th
Lars Trautman & Jonathan Haggerty

From Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative:
1) R Street reviews statewide policies on pre-arrest diversion and crisis response 

Take a first look at the study just published by PTACC…

, Lancaster Online
Congressman Smucker lauds Pell Grants as way to help incarcerated people re-enter society
Jesse Kelley & Nila Bala

From Lancaster Online:

But in 1994, Congress passed a law as part of former President Bill Clinton’s “tough on crime” narrative that stripped incarcerated persons of their Pell Grant…

, Arnold Ventures
Does State Law Stand in the Way of Local Criminal Justice Reform?
Lars Trautman & Jonathan Haggerty

From Arnold Ventures:

A new report from R Street Institute looks at how laws undermine alternatives to arrest.

The nonprofit R Street Institute recently released a 50-state review of laws…

Alternatives to Arrest: Police Officers Shouldn’t Have to be at Every Crisis
Corinne Day

WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2019) — Noncriminal responses to crises are increasingly popular at the local level, but the parameters under which these strategies operate is often set at the state level….

Statewide Policies Relating To Pre-Arrest Diversion And Crisis Response
Lars Trautman & Jonathan Haggerty

No state may have yet figured out how to create the most conducive environment possible for pre-arrest diversion and crisis response, but in their divergent approaches they present a wealth of…

, The Crime Report
Education Behind Bars: Will Pell Grants for the Incarcerated Be Restored?
Jesse Kelley & Nila Bala

We know that getting an education can reduce a person’s chances of engaging in criminal activity. Yet people in prison remain some of the least-educated individuals in our country. What’s more,…

, The Rutherford Institute
Rutherford Institute Challenges Arkansas Jail’s Postcard-Only Rule as Unconstitutional Infringement of Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights
Arthur Rizer & Nila Bala

From The Rutherford Institute:

In an amicus brief in HRDC v. Baxter County filed in conjunction with R Street Institute, the Clark-Fox Family Foundation, Arch City Defenders and Americans for…