Crisis in Harris County Jail

By: Angie Vertti Canto Harris County Jail detains over 10,000 people, over 80% of which are pretrial detainees. The jail’s average daily population has increased by 24% over the past two years. According to Harris County’s records, approximately 80% of people admitted to the jail are recorded as likely to be suffering from mental illness. … Continue reading Crisis in Harris County Jail

Slavery is Still Constitutional in Arizona: Abolishing Slavery and Prison Reform

By: Molly Launceford The Thirteenth Amendment was allegedly enacted to put an end to slavery in the United States; however, it is also the only legal justification that allows the practice of slavery to continue to this day. Under the Thirteenth Amendment, slavery and involuntary servitude were abolished, “except as a punishment for crime whereof … Continue reading Slavery is Still Constitutional in Arizona: Abolishing Slavery and Prison Reform

The Messy Truth about Arizona’s Truth-in-Sentencing Law

By: Megan Ealick Beginning in the 1970s, the United States underwent 30 years of increasingly restrictive prison sentencing reforms. The “war on drugs” and mounting pressure for longer, more uniform prison sentences resulted in a widespread “tough on crime” attitude that rippled across the country. During this time, federal grant programs were established to encourage … Continue reading The Messy Truth about Arizona’s Truth-in-Sentencing Law

Legalization Is Not Enough

By: Travis Henderson Legalization is not enough. This blog post will argue for the complete, automatic, and retroactive legalization of marijuana in place of expungement processes.  The narrative around marijuana is changing, reflected in an ever-growing number of states turning to legalization. The supporters of legalization come from all sides; some point to the potential … Continue reading Legalization Is Not Enough

Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

By: Dylan Reynolds Amid the flagrant calls for police reform spurred by the 2020 murder of George Floyd (among countless others) is a renewed effort by both advocates and lawmakers to require that police officers wear body cameras. Body cameras are seen as essential to police reform, transparency, and increasing officer accountability. However, it turns … Continue reading Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras