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Less is more when it comes to putting people in jail

Kurt Altman | March 16, 2018
This article by Kurt Altman originally appeared in Arizona Capitol Times, March 16th, 2018. As someone who has lived in Phoenix since the early 1990s, I have always had…

Oklahoma’s Misdemeanor Drug Courts Need Promotion

Andrew Speno | February 22, 2018
Are some prosecutors and defense lawyers under the mistaken impression drug courts are only available for defendants facing felony charges? Former State Rep. Ben Sherrer (D-Pryor), now a criminal…

The Solution to Pre-Trial Release: More Information, Please

Thomas Lyons | January 31, 2018
Determining bond and conditions of pre-trial release is a relatively simple, straightforward process in Wisconsin.  After arrest and a short meeting with an attorney, a magistrate will determine bail. …

There’s Good Opportunity to Use Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders.

Julie Warren | January 31, 2018
“There’s good opportunity to use alternatives for nonviolent offenders.” These are the words of Tony Parker, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC), during his testimony before the…

Watch: Marc Levin on Pretrial Justice

Katie Greer | January 26, 2018
Marc Levin went live to discuss pretrial justice. He revealed that the U.S. spends $13.6 billion on pretrial incarceration. Levin said a common reason that some people are locked…

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…

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…

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…

Supporting Veterans Long After Veterans Day

Katie Greer | November 27, 2017
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in Fort Worth Star-Telegram November 22nd, 2017. Each year in November, the nation pauses to recognize those who have served in the…

Listen: Money Bail and Pretrial Detention

Katie Greer | November 10, 2017
The Federalist Society hosted a teleforum on money bail and pretrial detention with Right on Crime’s Marc Levin and John-Michael Seibler of the Heritage Foundation. Levin outlined the financial…

Crime, Punishment and Taxes

Marc Levin | October 24, 2017
This article by Marc Levin and MacArthur Foundation’s Director for Justice, Laurie Garduque, originally appeared in USA Today, October 24th, 2017. Local corrections costs have quadrupled over the past 40 years.…

Louisiana Pre-Trial Diversion Programs

Elain Ellerbe | October 11, 2017
In recent years, the Louisiana legislature has authorized a number of population specific pre-trial diversion programs.  These include diversion programs for certain offenders who are dealing with substance abuse,…
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