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Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform

Greg Glod | April 30, 2019
In 2017, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms were passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Louisiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Edwards.  Over a year and…

Bail System Failures Justify Reform

Katie Greer | September 5, 2017
Any and every murder committed by a released defendant should be seen as a system failure in need of correcting, but we should not use it as a reason…

‘Tough on Crime’ is Political Lip Service

Julie Warren | August 31, 2017
In a recent interview with Kentucky Educational Television, Holly Harris, from Justice Action Network, hit the nail on the head in her refute of the effectiveness of the incarceration-first…

Yes, Tennessee is Ready for Justice Reform

Julie Warren | August 8, 2017
Increasingly, I approach the news with a certain amount of dread—especially the local news that seems to greet me every morning with a rundown of the violent crime that…

Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Michael Haugen | August 1, 2017
This essay originally appeared in the July edition of Veritas, a quarterly publication of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. If one were to search for an example to prove correct the old…

Unity in Diversity – Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions

Elain Ellerbe | August 1, 2017
The much needed criminal justice reforms that came out of the 2017 Louisiana Legislature were historic. One element that warrants a closer look is the diverse group of elected…

Louisiana Felony Class System Task Force to begin in September

Elain Ellerbe | July 6, 2017
When the Justice Reinvestment Task Force recommendations were released in March, the comprehensive report included a recommendation to the legislature to restructure Louisiana’s 600-plus list of crimes with individual…

Expunction Dysfunction

Thomas Lyons | July 6, 2017
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on a case involving expunction that inadvertently highlights a significant problem.  Expunction is a court order that seals the contents…

Department of Corrections Wants Reform for Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | July 6, 2017
Witnessing the director of a state agency plead with lawmakers to shrink the size of his department to save the state money is about as common these days as…

Louisiana’s #1 Ranking is Slipping

Elain Ellerbe | June 29, 2017
But that’s a good thing since we’re talking about Louisiana no longer being marked as the number one incarcerator in the world.  During the 2017 legislative session, with Right…

New Task Force to Prioritize Juvenile Justice Reform

Julie Warren | June 28, 2017
Tennesseans just gained an important ally in its effort to reform its criminal justice system with the newly formed bipartisan Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile…

A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017
This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be…
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