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Faith and the Criminal Justice System

Julie Warren | December 8, 2017
“We’re not going to let you slip through the cracks. We’re going to hold you accountable, but we’re going to be there for you.” – Dr. Russell Moore On…

Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Task Force Report: Expanding and Increasing Reliance Upon Diversion Programs

Julie Warren | December 8, 2017
Monday, December 4th, Tennessee’s Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice unveiled its report following its comprehensive study on the overall state of Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice…

Adult Probation In The Lone Star State

Right on Crime | December 6, 2017
Texas Public Policy Foundation intern, Rohan Vaidya, contributed to this blog post. Revising the funding formula for basic adult probation has been an ongoing discussion in Texas for many…

Judicial Safety Valve is Smarter Sentencing

Chelsea Murphy | December 4, 2017
On Monday, December, 4th the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up two bills (SB 602 & SB 694) that allow judicial discretion on certain drug trafficking offenses.  Here…

Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis

Andrew Speno | December 4, 2017
Oklahoma continues sliding deeper into its budget crisis as the Department of Corrections Director is now requesting an additional one billion dollars to accommodate the state’s growing inmate population.…

When Faith-Based Groups Really Engage in Reentry, the World Can Change

Elain Ellerbe | December 4, 2017
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This well-known quote…

The Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Currie Myers | November 30, 2017
“I pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State and to enforce the laws of the State and the United…

The Problems with Revocation, Part 1: The Hold

Thomas Lyons | November 27, 2017
Having pled guilty to a misdemeanor nearly a year ago, you find yourself as a passenger in a car driven by a co-worker when you notice the sirens behind…

Guide for Lawmakers on Criminal Justice Reform

Rohan Vaidya | November 27, 2017
A newly released project commissioned by Arizona State University, in conjunction with the Charles Koch Foundation, provides a comprehensive guide for tackling the various issues surrounding criminal justice reform…

A Fox in Charge of the Hen House

Kurt Altman | November 20, 2017
I have written about it before—HB2477—a major reform to the civil asset forfeiture process in Arizona that was passed by legislators and signed by the Governor. Amongst the many…

Women Suffering Opioid Addiction Experience Long Wait for Treatment

Julie Warren | November 8, 2017
The Tennessean recently published an article that highlighted “one unexpected effect of Tennessee’s opioid crisis”: women suffering from addiction are serving longer jail terms than their male counterparts—six months…

Mental Health in Louisiana Prisons is an Oxymoron

Elain Ellerbe | November 7, 2017
By definition an oxymoron is “a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect”.  Given the severe lack of mental health services in…
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