Category Criminal Justice Policy

A Carceral Capital: Washington, D.C.’s Unique Criminal Justice Systems

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The capital of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, has a higher incarceration rate than any of the U.S. states. In fact, the District incarcerates people at a higher rate than any country in the world (including the U.S. as a whole). A complex […]

Restoring Voting Rights: Did Florida’s Amendment 4 Go Far Enough?

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The 2018 midterm elections introduced many justice reform initiatives on ballots around the United States. Nearly 70 percent of constituents in Florida voted to approve Amendment 4, which automatically restored voting rights to people with felony convictions who have completed their sentence and probation or parole. Many […]

Transgender and Incarcerated: Revised Bureau of Prisons Guidance Could Compromise Safety of Transgender Inmates

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  In the last few days of the Obama administration, former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Thomas R. Kane released the Transgender Offender Manual which was developed to ensure that the BOP “properly identifies, tracks, and provides services to the transgender population.” Over a year later, this […]

How Correctional Institutions Can Help Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic

Thomas J. Rachko, Jr., MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses. This alarming statistic represents a record high in annual overdose deaths and a roughly 20 percent increase from 2016, with nearly 200 people dying from drug overdoses each day. Over half […]

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]

Cash Bail and Poverty

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On average, 730,000 people are held in jail each day, a number that tripled in the past 25 years. Many have not been convicted of a crime, but are awaiting trial, sentencing, or arraignment. Nearly 40% of the current jail population is being held because they cannot afford […]

Necessary Force: How California Seeks to Save Lives with One Word

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives From Ferguson to Sacramento, fatal police shootings are becoming more frequently discussed. Tensions between police and constituents, particularly in minority communities, are not new, but protests and calls for action over the recent high profile incidents of police violence are gaining momentum. The movement is also influencing policy; […]