Jail Reform


Rethinking Flavored Tobacco Bans and Black Markets
Corinne Day

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2020) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this year banning flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes and vapes,…

Flavored Tobacco Product Bans and Black Markets
Jonathan Haggerty

Plenty of alternative policies exist, but ‘…An outright ban of menthol cigarettes combined with a ban on flavored vape products, particularly menthol or mint flavors, would be the most harmful…

, Fox News
Anxiety grips New York City amid concerns of rising crime
Jesse Kelley

From Fox News:
“It is difficult to directly draw a comparison between the bail legislation and what is perceived as rising crime in New York — it seems that the conversation is shifting to the…

, Albany Times Union
Focus on violence distorts debate over bail
Lars Trautman

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, and it appears that criminal justice is no exception. Only in effect for a matter of days, New York’s law restricting cash bail to the most…

, 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

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…