Lauren Krisai is the senior state policy manager at the Justice Action Network. She works on a wide range of criminal justice issues, including some of the reform proposals highlighted in this article.
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These were executions of convenience.
Florida's anti-opioid laws were supposed to take high-level traffickers off the streets. Instead, they put low-level users in prison for most of their lives.
Heroin hysteria is in full swing this year.
Laziness in the lab
The slowness and disorganization of the clemency process put in place has stranded many of the prisoners and families it was supposed to help.
Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson just blocked a bill that would have provided relief to those sentenced as children to life without parole.
Any meaningful criminal justice reform must include a reexamination of these draconian policies.
These flawed laws need to be reformed.
A "new face of heroin" is changing the discourse on drug addicts in the media. But has it translated into more humane public policy? Not quite.
Clinton and Sanders had opportunities to offer concrete solutions to criminal justice issues during last night's Democratic debate, but failed to deliver.
Despite significant doubts about Richard Glossip's guilt, Oklahoma is moving forward with its plan to execute him Wednesday afternoon.
This is a promising and positive step in the right direction, but real reform is still needed.
Nebraska becomes first predominately Republican state to abolish capital punishment in more than 40 years
One week after allowing an Oklahoma inmate's execution to be carried out, SCOTUS agrees to hear appeal over the state's use of a controversial execution drug.