America and Drug Abuse: Was Richard Nixon On To Something?

Julie Warren | February 21, 2020
President Richard Nixon originated the idea of a “war on drugs” in a 1971 letter to Congress (at least that is the widely accepted view). His declaration of “war”…

We Are Learning About Tennessee’s Incarceration Practice, And How Tennesseans Feel About It

Julie Warren | November 14, 2019
We incarcerate a lot of people in Tennessee. A recent study by the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) found that Tennessee’s incarceration rate is 10 percent higher than the…

Community Supervision in Tennessee

Julie Warren | June 17, 2019
Reforms to Tennessee’s community supervision system—including to parole, probation, and community corrections—are necessary and can lead to improvements in the challenges of overcrowding and reentry.

Tennesseans Agree with Governor Lee’s Call for Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Warren | April 8, 2019
Earlier this month, Governor Bill Lee used the State of the State addressto announce details of his criminal justice reform agenda. Underlying this agenda is the intent to make Tennessee…

Pretrial Justice in Tennessee

Julie Warren | February 13, 2019
We are all familiar with the tenet that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Americans may not be well versed in the myriad protocols…

Being Right on Bail

Julie Warren | September 13, 2018
Across the country, lawmakers have undertaken a critical examination of their state’s pretrial justice system, particularly where cash bail is concerned.  Kentucky has led on this issue for decades,…

Money should not come before safety

Julie Warren | July 9, 2018
This blog by Julie Warren was originally published by the Beacon Center July 9th, 2018. The principle of innocent until proven guilty is a bedrock of America’s criminal justice…

Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 sets the stage for sweeping reform in the future

Julie Warren | May 7, 2018
The 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee Legislature just wrapped up. There were a number of steps taken toward meaningful justice reform. The most notable reform—in my view—is the…

The public safety benefits of redemption

Julie Warren | March 29, 2018
Opponents to re-entry reforms, particularly those reforms that would expand access to employment, invoke the argument that any redemption extended to an ex-offender is insensitive to victims. Many of…

Drug-free school zones costly, ineffective

Julie Warren | March 19, 2018
This article by Julie Warren and Lauren Krisai of Justice Action Network was originally published by Commercial Appeal, March 13th, 2018. Tennessee’s criminal justice system is not short on…

Why are unruly kids going into the juvenile justice system, and why am I paying for it?

Julie Warren | March 7, 2018
The Joint Ad-Hoc Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice raised issues related to the significant number of kids being removed from their homes for unruly or minor delinquent…

Kentucky Must Now Address Its Prison Overcrowding Issues!

Julie Warren | February 22, 2018
Kentucky is seven weeks into its 2018 legislative session and there are numerous important issues that demand lawmakers’ attention.  Pensions and budgetary issues have, and will continue to consume…
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