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Yes, Drug Courts Are Working in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2020
In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, passed ten reforms (sponsored by six republicans, two democrats, and one independent) supported by data and aimed at safely reducing…

A Coalition Letter of Support for ‘Meaningful Sentencing and Prison Reforms’ in Florida

Right on Crime | February 11, 2020
In a new letter to Florida lawmakers, a broad coalition of conservative organizations encourage the House of Representatives to improve Florida’s sentencing laws, including restoring judicial discretion in drug…

Kentucky Governor & Lawmakers Agree: Criminal Justice Reform is a Priority in the Bluegrass State

Aubrey Vaughan Travis | January 15, 2020
Last week, Kentucky leaders on both sides of the aisle pledged to make criminal justice reform a top priority this session. This commitment is welcome given the growing prison…

Notes On Probation and Parole from New York City

Scott Peyton | December 19, 2019
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan described the Statue of Liberty as a “beacon of hope.” This icon of Liberty and Democracy has been a “beacon of hope” for so…

My Two Cents on Judicial Discretion in Florida

Chelsea Murphy | December 10, 2019
What happens when Florida voters are unhappy with the performance of an elected official, such as an elected district attorney? They have the opportunity to vote them out of…

Oklahoma is no Longer First in Incarceration

Joe Griffin | November 25, 2019
Earlier this month, Governor Stitt signed a landmark signed an historic piece of legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jon Echols and Senator Stephanie Bice, that resulted in a record commutation…

We Are Learning About Tennessee’s Incarceration Practice, And How Tennesseans Feel About It

Julie Warren | November 14, 2019
We incarcerate a lot of people in Tennessee. A recent study by the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) found that Tennessee’s incarceration rate is 10 percent higher than the…

Solitary Confinement

Scott Peyton | October 29, 2019
In my former career as a probation and parole officer, several events completely changed how I viewed my job.  One such event occurred when I was a juvenile probation…

Reforming Reporting Day

Scott Peyton | August 20, 2019
While working as a probation and parole (PNP) officer, on a dreaded “reporting day,” one of my parolees told me that I was “punishing him because he had a…

Reentry Reform

Scott Peyton | July 25, 2019
My former supervisor from Probation and Parole always said, “you attract more bees with honey,” when describing how we were to interact with persons on supervision. We have all…

HB 427: Price Tag Switching

Isabelle Paine | June 25, 2019
Proportionality is paramount to an effective criminal justice system, and the 86th Texas Legislature took a step forward this session by passing House Bill 427. Someone who attempts to…

Community Supervision in Tennessee

Julie Warren | June 17, 2019
Reforms to Tennessee’s community supervision system—including to parole, probation, and community corrections—are necessary and can lead to improvements in the challenges of overcrowding and reentry.
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