Prosecutors: The cause of—and solution to—wrongful convictions
Lisel Petis

The recent release of Adnan Syed—whose story was shared in the 2014 podcast Serial—has highlighted the substantial power of the prosecution in America. Prosecutors are the “gatekeepers” to…

, R Street Institute
Event: Promoting Public Safety & Fiscal Responsibility through Juvenile Deflection
Lisel Petis

Research shows that arrest, detention, and juvenile court adjudication and commitment tend to impact youth psychosocial development and maturation…

When Arrest Isn’t Best: Creating A Culture of Police-Led, Pre-Arrest Diversion
Christi Smith


Across the nation, jails and prisons are primarily occupied by individuals experiencing mental health conditions, substance-related issues and housing and employment instability. The…

Arrest Isn’t Always Best
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2022) –– A new report published today by Dr. Christi Smith,
Resident Senior Fellow for the Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties Program at the R Street
Institute, examines…

, Newnan Times-Herald
Jail Reform in the Age of COVID-19
Marc Hyden

Back in 2020, I wrote about how jails and prisons were fast becoming the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and the government needed to enact reforms quickly to limit jail populations safely. While…

, Orange County Register
Republicans are learning that crime data isn’t so simple
Steven Greenhut

SACRAMENTO – The nation’s violent crime rate had fallen by 2019 to levels not seen in decades, with the murder rate hitting five per 100,000 people – lower than the 7.3 rate in 1969 and…

, Congressional Record
H. Rept. 117-465 – Pregnant Women in Custody Act
Anthony Lamorena

From Congressional Record:

The “Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2022” makes changes to federal law to protect the health and safety of pregnant women in BOP custody. It also requires data…

Ohio Bail Reform Legislation
Alan Smith & Lisel Petis

Cash bail acknowledging a presumption of innocence for persons accused of crimes has always been a feature of the judicial process in America. An amount of money is set by a court to…

Keeping kids out of the criminal justice system is good for public safety
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2022) –– A new short report published today by R Street’s Director of State Government Affairs, Marc Hyden, and Western Region Director, Steven Greenhut, examines the…

Radio: Criminal Justice: Juvenile Deflection Programs Are Working
Sarah Anderson

From Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson:

The rates of juvenile arrests and incarcerations has been declining since the mid 1990s. Why? What’s changed since then? Sarah Anderson from the R Street…

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