Public Safety

Bail reform is a good thing but California went too far

Michael Haugen | September 10, 2018
This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in Dallas Morning News September 9, 2018. There has been a long-running comparison between California and Texas as to which of the…

Do ex-cons ever really finish serving their debt to society?

Currie Myers | August 22, 2018
Photo by Rich Pedroncelli Over the past two months there have been some exciting movements in the right direction regarding prison reform. But in America, overcoming the stigma of prison…

Members named to the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council

Elain Ellerbe | March 5, 2018
At the end of 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council.  The 11 council members were recently named.  I am…

The Mischaracterization of Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Randy Petersen | November 6, 2017
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in The Hill, November 3rd, 2017. The primary goal of conservative criminal justice reform is increased public safety with a secondary emphasis on…

Las Vegas Shooting — Let’s Hold the Politics and Unite Behind Those Grieving in Nevada

Right on Crime | October 2, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory Bernard Kerik, originally appeared in Fox News, October 2nd, 2017. Sunday night, a deranged lone gunman fired hundreds of rounds from automatic…

Assessing Risk Assessments

Julie Warren | September 19, 2017
Validated risk assessments are tools that allow the criminal justice system (courts, probation/parole, and corrections) the opportunity to asses each individual offender as just that, an individual. They allow…

Punishment and Encouragement – Strange but Effective Partners in Offender Behavior

Elain Ellerbe | August 10, 2017
In a recent blog published in The Hill by Adam Gelb, Pew’s director of Public Safety Performance Project, and Barbara Broderick, a chief probation and parole officer in Maricopa…

Barriers to Re-entry Hurt Society as a Whole

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017
The United States Supreme Court recently entered an opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. 2017. _ U.S. _ (June). In a roundabout way, it touched on the merits of…

After CPAC: The Truth About Criminal Justice Reform, Part 2

Michael Haugen | March 11, 2016
Note: This is the second in a series of three articles that counter comments made by Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke during a panel discussion on criminal justice reform at…
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