Rachel Barkow contends criminal justice policy is a “prisoner of politics,” driven by appeals to voters’ worst instincts and an aversion to evidence of what actually works. Defined by its severity and unfairness, she says the criminal justice system...
By Ashley Spalding Guest columnist It’s that time of year when national criminal justice data gets updated and Kentucky shows up on a number of “worst” lists. New data shows we are: One of eight states that saw their highest prison population ever...
Rachel BarkowHappy to see my book (amzn.to/2HOw8VG) cited in support of needed criminal justice reforms in Kentucky and used to explain how reducing incarceration rates is consistent with public safety. shar.es/a0fDB9
America's criminal justice system reflects irrational fears stoked by politicians seeking to win election. Pointing to specific policies that are morally problematic and have failed to end the cycle of recidivism, Rachel Barkow argues that reform...
I have previously written about the disgraceful sweetheart deal given to accused serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The deal was struck by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and not only succeeded in pr…
Rachel BarkowAcosta failed to pursue the Epstein child rape case b/c he was intimidated by Epstein's well-paid lawyers & worried what a loss would mean for his career. I didn't think this case could get more despicable, but I was wrong. h/t @ConLawWarrior
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Rachel BarkowIf you are tired of inflammatory and false rhetoric about crime and want to read about how it leads to policies that undermine public safety (and what we can do to fix it), please check out my book
Governor Cuomo grants clemency to 29 individuals who have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction.
Rachel BarkowThis is a ridiculously low clemency output from someone who claimed to be committed to doing more. Definitely a Cuomo pattern to claim he’s committed to some criminal justice reform effort but not deliver on.ny.gov/2GNBocp via @nygovcuomo
Alice Marie Johnson, the woman whose life sentence was commuted by President Trump last month, called America “a country of second chances” and said that she believes Trump will “follow up” with more situations like hers.
Former prison inmate Alice Johnson said Wednesday she had a "feeling of betrayal" when former President Barack Obama left office with her still behind bars, urging other clemency aspirants to put aside their qualms and work with President Trump to...
Prosecutors are pushing for electronic access to police reports and discipline records they say are needed to weed out bad arrests.
Rachel BarkowIt is crazy for prosecutors not to have access to police disciplinary records at the charging and plea stage. When police depts fight things like this, it’s hard to have confidence in their commitment to justice and effective and accurate law enforcement