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Civil Asset Forfeiture Compared to ‘Going Fishing’

Andrew Speno | January 12, 2018
“It’s really kind of like going fishing,” is how one Oklahoma District Attorney Council spokesman describes the civil asset forfeiture process. “There are times when you go fishing and…

Criminal Justice Reform Needs to be Led by Conservatives

Chelsea Murphy | January 12, 2018
Tuesday, January 9th, marked the start of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and a chance for the Florida Legislature to make positive strides towards conservative criminal justice reform. There…

Trump Calls for Prison Reform

Katie Greer | January 11, 2018
President Trump gave a big nod to prison reform in his first State of the Union address, Tuesday, January 30th. “As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be…

Enhancing Pretrial Justice in Alaska

Katie Greer | January 9, 2018
Alaska courts are officially embarking on a new pretrial justice model after overcoming a case of cold feet last Fall. The new model is a product of the state’s…

Drug Courts Cut Crime and Costs

Katie Greer | January 4, 2018
2017 marked a turning point for the United States. When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, the federal government recognized what states such as Kentucky were…

Data Collection and Sharing is Necessary for Effective Juvenile Justice Reform in Tennessee

Julie Warren | January 3, 2018
A prosecutor from another state recently asked me about Tennessee’s recidivism rate for juvenile offenders, to which my answer was, “I don’t know.” To be fair, no one in…

Louisiana Court System Funding Needs Legislative Fix

Elain Ellerbe | January 2, 2018
In a recent op-ed, Louisiana Republican Representative Tanner Magee, who was a major champion of the historic criminal justice reforms passed during the 2017 session, frankly stated that Louisiana’s…

Limits on The American Dream in California

Katie Greer | December 21, 2017
Reading about dreams that were squashed by a government regulation is essentially Groundhog Day in California. A young man named Jonathan became a victim to overregulation when the Bay…

The Problems with Revocation Part 2:  The Hearing

Thomas Lyons | December 18, 2017
Taking away a person’s liberty is serious business.  Our common law, Constitution, and statutes set up a rigorous process designed to get to the truth of the matter and…

A Dismal Christmas for Department of Corrections

Andrew Speno | December 15, 2017
Egregious overcrowding and decrepit facilities are converging upon Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections like a perfect storm. The tough-on-crime policies of yesteryear, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing, have come back to haunt…

Money Bail Isn’t Cutting It In Ohio

Katie Greer | December 14, 2017
Ohioans have been shelling out millions with no guarantee of an ROI for public safety. That’s the digest on the state’s ineffective use of money bail, according to a…

Concerns for Recent Louisiana Reform Implementation Seem Unwarranted

Elain Ellerbe | December 13, 2017
The recent implementation of one of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment reform measures providing for nominal early releases for non-violent offenders was initially met with much criticism and political posturing.  However,…
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