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The public safety benefits of redemption

Julie Warren | March 29, 2018
Opponents to re-entry reforms, particularly those reforms that would expand access to employment, invoke the argument that any redemption extended to an ex-offender is insensitive to victims. Many of…

Drug-free school zones costly, ineffective

Julie Warren | March 19, 2018
This article by Julie Warren and Lauren Krisai of Justice Action Network was originally published by Commercial Appeal, March 13th, 2018. Tennessee’s criminal justice system is not short on…

Why are unruly kids going into the juvenile justice system, and why am I paying for it?

Julie Warren | March 7, 2018
The Joint Ad-Hoc Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice raised issues related to the significant number of kids being removed from their homes for unruly or minor delinquent…

Kentucky Must Now Address Its Prison Overcrowding Issues!

Julie Warren | February 22, 2018
Kentucky is seven weeks into its 2018 legislative session and there are numerous important issues that demand lawmakers’ attention.  Pensions and budgetary issues have, and will continue to consume…

Tennessee Seeks to Incentivize Offenders’ Successful Completion of Substance Abuse Treatment

Julie Warren | January 31, 2018
The human toll of the opioid crisis in Tennessee has been devastating. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that in 2016, there were 1,631 fatal overdoses in Tennessee, which…

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…

Money Bail Recommendations for Kentucky

Julie Warren | January 17, 2018
In August 2017, Governor Bevin convened a reinvestment working group within the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council (CJPAC). He charged the group with “develop[ing] fiscally-sound, data driven criminal justice…

Kentucky Cannot Afford Criminal Justice Reform Fatigue

Julie Warren | January 15, 2018
This article by Julie Warren originally appeared in Lexington Herald Leader on January 12th, 2018. Gov. Matt Bevin’s Justice Reinvestment Work Group announced last month that, without reform, the state’s prison population is…

Data Collection and Sharing is Necessary for Effective Juvenile Justice Reform in Tennessee

Julie Warren | January 3, 2018
A prosecutor from another state recently asked me about Tennessee’s recidivism rate for juvenile offenders, to which my answer was, “I don’t know.” To be fair, no one in…

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…

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…
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