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Temporary tax provisions for a variety of special interests are set to expire, and Congress should let them. Putting an end to tax extenders, Dana Wade from the Charles Koch Institute argues, will be the first step to comprehensive tax reform that favors fair and equal competition over government-favored industries.

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In 2009, Georgia had the highest per-capita prison system in the country. Now, the state is a leader in criminal justice reform, enacting a variety of reform initiatives that range from re-entry programs to alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders. Not only have these actions reduced recidivism, they "create safer and more productive communities, break generational cycles of crime, and...
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Georgia's Criminal Justice Overhaul Demonstrates Widespread Positive Effects | The Huffington Post

Charles Koch Institute
12/06/2016 at 20:15. Facebook
A recent study from Yale Law School and the Associate of State Correctional Administrators found that Utah, Colorado, and South Carolina experienced a drop in the use of solitary confinement for inmates. Rick Raemisch, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, wants to continue the trend.

"Our data has shown that the less you use it, the safer your facilities are, and...
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Solitary Confinement Is on Its Way Out

Charles Koch Institute
12/06/2016 at 18:00. Facebook
Tax code reformers are hopeful that Congress could let 47 temporary tax subsidies expire, a step forward in stopping corporate welfare and simplifying the tax code. From plug-in motorcycles to NASCAR racetracks, these tax subsidies consist of a variety of special carve-outs for interest groups, with 43 of the 47 provisions being tax expenditures which could "cost taxpayers $19 billion over a...
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GOP Tax Reform—Just Not Yet

Charles Koch Institute
12/05/2016 at 20:30. Facebook
After Election Day, states such as Oklahoma and South Carolina embraced a variety of criminal justice reform measures. The Institute's Jordan Richardson suggests recent polling has found that Virginia could be next, especially when it comes to handling low-level offenses.

"Relying on incarceration for low-level crimes is not only costly for taxpayers and the offenders in question, it creates...
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Jordan Richardson: Time is right for criminal justice reforms

Charles Koch Institute
12/05/2016 at 17:30. Facebook
In a recent poll done by the Charles Koch Institute, "more than 80 percent of Americans... believe the president should receive congressional approval before committing U.S. troops and pilots to war." Daniel Depetris writes that these numbers, combined with an earlier lawsuit filed against President Obama, signal a desire for Congress to play an increased role in defense policy.

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Congress has a role to play in defense policy. It should use it.

Charles Koch Institute
12/04/2016 at 20:52. Facebook
"... the cafeteria economist accepts that supply and demand affect prices for luxuries, but refuses to believe that supply and demand also apply to necessities. They seem to believe that somehow the laws of economics can simply be ignored in times of need. They can't be."

Commentary: The inconsistency of 'cafeteria economists'

Charles Koch Institute
12/04/2016 at 18:23. Facebook
The mysterious car company Faraday Future may have taken Nevada taxpayers for a ride. Pitched as a competitor to Tesla, Faraday Future received $335 million in tax credits from the State of Nevada, but according to Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwarz, the company may be out of money, turning the promised economic boon into a bust.

Nevada Official Claims That The Chinese Billionaire Behind Faraday Future Is Broke

Charles Koch Institute
12/03/2016 at 20:39. Facebook
Known for its disruption of the hotel industry, Airbnb is using its services and customer network to strengthen local disaster relief efforts. Airbnb is helping those displaced by recent wildfires in Tennessee find a free place to stay using its Urgent Accommodations feature, which first began in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:

"Disaster response might not be a pillar of the...
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Airbnb is helping people devastated by the Tennessee wildfire find free places to stay

Charles Koch Institute
12/03/2016 at 17:20. Facebook
Gary, Indiana is one of six cities involved with the Justice Department's program that aims to reduce crime by having officers focus on building community relationships. Though officers were initially skeptical about the new training and approach, a year into the new program officers like police lieutenant Mike Allen are seeing positive results. "I thought it would compromise our job, but this...
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New Policing Strategy Aims to Cut Crime With Better Community Ties

Charles Koch Institute
12/01/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
The simplest way to jump-start reforms of the tax code could be to do nothing–that is to say, to simply not renew the corporate handouts in the tax code that are due to expire at the end of the year. As the Institute's Dana Wade argues, this would go a long way towards leveling the playing field for fair competition.

The Path to Tax Reform Involves Congress Doing Nothing | RealClearMarkets

Re-framing addiction as a public health crisis could have positive implications for substance abuse recovery as well as criminal justice reform. Using methods such as crisis-intervention training for police officers and individualized treatment programs, viewing addiction as a public health problem could separate treatment from the criminal justice system: "The criminal-justice system is, of...
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Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice

Happy Birthday to Winston Churchill, who fought tirelessly for criminal justice reform.

He believed that the “mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilization of any country.”

Winston Churchill understood today’s criminal justice issues. – Charles Koch Institute

"In reality, however, it’s much more likely AI isn’t going to destroy us — or even take our jobs. In fact, it’s very likely going to help us do our jobs better... The idea that AI could help us work smarter is not nearly as sexy as the notion of robot overlords taking over Earth — but it is a much more realistic view of artificial intelligence technology in 2016. It’s worth noting, that’s as...
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Relax, artificial intelligence isn’t coming for your job

Today we celebrate the birthday of Henry Hazlitt, a journalist who fearlessly promoted his belief in free markets and their positive impact on society. [ Cki.io Link ]
From conferences to educational programs, the Charles Koch Foundation is proud to support higher education as well as the study of free societies and the ideas, institutions, and values that help people improve their lives. The Charles Koch Foundation looks forward to continuing its support of scholars and students alike in the years to come.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure, which was built around a single administrator without presidential or congressional oversight, has been ruled unconstitutional.

For Consumers, Who Watches The Watchmen?

UPDATE: Earlier this month, we shared the story of a single mother facing criminal charges for selling a small amount of homemade food through a community Facebook group. She has refused the plea of a three-year sentence and 80 hours of community service and will be going to trial. She worries that accepting the plea and getting a criminal record will place barriers to future...
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Woman, prosecuted for selling $12 of ceviche on Facebook, now faces trial

"Children as young as 13 can be tried in adult criminal court for serious crimes in New York state. But instead of redirecting troubled kids, prison hardens them. That’s why the New York Foundling, a private children’s-advocacy organization, offers an alternative, Families Rising, a diversionary option that mandates family therapy in exchange for delayed sentencing and avoiding a criminal...
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Getting Therapy Instead of Serving Time

From all of us at the Charles Koch Institute, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!