Derek Cohen

Civil Asset Forfeiture Primer Shows Potential for Reform in Texas

Right on Crime | January 8, 2015
In the past week the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation had a Civil Asset Forfeiture Primer at the Capitol, where they assembled a panel…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Fighting Contraband While Upholding Civil Liberties

Right on Crime | January 5, 2015
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Fighting Contraband While Upholding Civil Liberties is the first volume of the Right on Crime Archival Series, a collection of monographs capturing the campaign’s…

Cohen: More Federal Spending is Counterproductive to Police Reform

Right on Crime | December 6, 2014
Right on Crime policy analyst Derek Cohen writes in The Hill about the Obama administration’s proposed federal initiatives in criminal justice policy. He makes several crucial points, emphasizing the…

Giving Kids Adult Records: Cohen and Fowler in the Dallas Morning News

Right on Crime | October 24, 2014
The Dallas Morning News published a piece by Right on Crime policy analyst Derek Cohen and Deborah Fowler, deputy director for Texas Appleseed. They write that, despite large criminal justice reform…

Of Prisons and Patronage

Derek M. Cohen | August 21, 2014
Several commentators have taken Sen. Dick Durbin to task this week for his conflicting tweets on prisons. On one hand, the Illinois senator rightly expressed concern about increasing prison…

AG Holder Hesitant on Assessments

Derek M. Cohen | August 4, 2014
In an exclusive interview granted to Time Magazine, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed strong concerns about the equity of empirical risk assessments used to determine how a sentence will…

Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas

Derek M. Cohen | December 16, 2013
In the adversarial criminal justice process today, the state has become central. Crimes are considered to be actions that injure the state, regardless of any damage suffered by victims.…
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