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The Problems with Revocation Part 2:  The Hearing

Thomas Lyons | December 18, 2017
Taking away a person’s liberty is serious business.  Our common law, Constitution, and statutes set up a rigorous process designed to get to the truth of the matter and…

A Dismal Christmas for Department of Corrections

Andrew Speno | December 15, 2017
Egregious overcrowding and decrepit facilities are converging upon Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections like a perfect storm. The tough-on-crime policies of yesteryear, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing, have come back to haunt…

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…

Concerns for Recent Louisiana Reform Implementation Seem Unwarranted

Elain Ellerbe | December 13, 2017
The recent implementation of one of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment reform measures providing for nominal early releases for non-violent offenders was initially met with much criticism and political posturing.  However,…

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…

Adult Probation In The Lone Star State

Right on Crime | December 6, 2017
Texas Public Policy Foundation intern, Rohan Vaidya, contributed to this blog post. Revising the funding formula for basic adult probation has been an ongoing discussion in Texas for many…

Judicial Safety Valve is Smarter Sentencing

Chelsea Murphy | December 4, 2017
On Monday, December, 4th the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up two bills (SB 602 & SB 694) that allow judicial discretion on certain drug trafficking offenses.  Here…

Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis

Andrew Speno | December 4, 2017
Oklahoma continues sliding deeper into its budget crisis as the Department of Corrections Director is now requesting an additional one billion dollars to accommodate the state’s growing inmate population.…

When Faith-Based Groups Really Engage in Reentry, the World Can Change

Elain Ellerbe | December 4, 2017
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This well-known quote…

The Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Currie Myers | November 30, 2017
“I pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State and to enforce the laws of the State and the United…

The Problems with Revocation, Part 1: The Hold

Thomas Lyons | November 27, 2017
Having pled guilty to a misdemeanor nearly a year ago, you find yourself as a passenger in a car driven by a co-worker when you notice the sirens behind…
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