After Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbery, he promised a skeptical judge he would turn his life around. While in prison, he began studying the law, writing briefs, and filing petitions--one of which the Supreme Court accepted.

Today, Hopwood is a law professor at Georgetown University, fighting for criminal justice reform.
After Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbery

He robbed banks and went to prison. His time there put him on track for a new job: Georgetown law professor.

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Martha Stowe's successful horse massage business supported her family after her husband came back from serving in Iraq. Then a letter from the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medicine put her career on hold. According to the board, Martha would need an expensive veterinary license to continue practicing horse massage, a requirement not based on public safety, but on limiting competition.
Martha Stowes successful horse massage business supported her family after her husband

Tennessee Licensing Board Arbitrarily Shuts Down Horse Massage Business

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"Study after study have demonstrated that, when the formerly incarcerated can receive training and find work, they are far less likely to reoffend. But the very fields that they are likely to find success in are often subject to occupational-licensing regimes that preclude those who have been convicted of a crime."

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Study after study have demonstrated that when the formerly incarcerated can receive

Ex-offenders need jobs, not handouts. But there are too many regulatory barriers. | R Street

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04/25/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
"A nation that took basic human decency, crime control, and the Eighth Amendment seriously would have a prison system that was tough, but just."

The Prison Policy Initiative examined the high cost of medical co-pays in prison. In their new study, they highlight how the fines and fees associated with the criminal justice system don't just end at bail, and disproportionately affect those who...
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A nation that took basic human decency crime control and the Eighth

American prisons' cruel and unusual health care

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04/24/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Automatic braking, which detects possible collisions and brakes to avoid them, is being used in Japan to help reduce the number of car crashes caused by senior citizens who mistakenly hit the gas pedal. Though the United States has been slow to adopt automatic braking, this and other vehicular innovations could dramatically increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
Automatic braking which detects possible collisions and brakes to avoid them is

In Japan, a Self-Driving Technology Helps Seniors Hit the Brakes, Not the Gas

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04/24/2017 at 16:45. Facebook
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that in 91% of sampled IRS civil asset forfeiture cases, anti-structuring laws were being "used to forfeit assets from individuals and businesses found to have obtained their income legally." The lack of due process under civil asset forfeiture has come under scrutiny from organizations ranging from the ACLU to the Heritage...
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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration TIGTA found that in 91

It's time to end civil asset forfeiture

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04/23/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
"If physicians are recklessly prescribing these drugs, they should be disciplined by medical boards, not raided by SWAT teams."

In light of Reason's investigation into Florida's prescription drug prosecutions, Radley Balko explains how what started out as a public health issue evolved into crime problem, where a lack of pain management options led patients to seek out street drugs like heroin.
If physicians are recklessly prescribing these drugs they should be disciplined by

Opinion | Incarceration is the wrong way to fight opioid overdoses

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04/23/2017 at 16:15. Facebook
"It will cost $250,000 to lock me up for 10 years. If they wanted me to quit drugs, why didn't I get a chance at rehab? Actually, there is a drug program in prison, and [the Florida Department of Corrections] says I don't meet the qualifications. Even though I'm in here for drugs! This whole thing is a big, sick joke. Some kind of sick scam."
It will cost 250000 to lock me up for 10 years If

Read More Profiles of People Crushed by Florida’s Draconian Opioid Laws

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04/22/2017 at 19:45. Facebook
"The state’s decision to explore other options to curb overdoses is an important signal to other states that experience the same problem. And as the 'laboratories of democracy' experiment with treatment methods to help those most in pain, we will soon see what methods are truly effective."

The Institute's Jordan Richardson writes on how West Virginia's recently signed Medical Cannabis Act...
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The states decision to explore other options to curb overdoses is an

Is medical marijuana the solution to America's spiraling opioid crisis?

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04/22/2017 at 16:30. Facebook
"I think everybody needs to understand: All people need is opportunity, and everyone's willing to change with a little bit of hard work."

To former offenders like Angel LaCourt, InnerCity Weightlifting has provided an opportunity to break out of the cycle of recidivism. Jon Feinman founded ICW as a way to connect ex-offenders with job opportunities as well as "social capital" by training them...
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I think everybody needs to understand All people need is opportunity and

A Weightlifting Program Gives Ex-Cons A Chance At Change

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04/21/2017 at 23:30. Facebook
Movie theaters, grocery stores, chain restaurants and other similar establishments will soon have to post calorie counts on their menus and marketing materials. The new rule is required under the Affordable Care Act and will be handled by FDA, leading some to wonder if this is the best use of government and the FDA's resources.
Movie theaters grocery stores chain restaurants and other similar establishments will soon

The FDA’s Pizza Minders

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04/21/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
"We are witnessing another attempt to revive the notion that certain instances of speech inflict injury by their very utterance, and should therefore be suppressed or punished. But even as notions of what constitutes impermissible 'hate speech' expand, the potential for suppression to boomerang back on activists is seldom considered."
We are witnessing another attempt to revive the notion that certain instances

Words Which by Their Very Utterance Inflict Injury

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The unintended consequences of "tough on crime" policies, such as excessive mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level, non-violent crimes, can lead to increased recidivism rates. Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, explains how these realizations have contributed to a shift toward common sense criminal justice reform.

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The unintended consequences of tough on crime policies such as excessive mandatory
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Instead of targeting high-level drug traffickers, Florida's mandatory minimum laws are creating lengthy sentences for people like Cynthia Powell. Powell was prescribed pain medication for her diabetic nerve pain and was arrested for selling a handful of pills to an undercover cop. She had no prior convictions or arrest record, but a lack of judicial discretion resulted in a mandatory minimum...
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Instead of targeting highlevel drug traffickers Floridas mandatory minimum laws

How Florida Entraps Pain Patients, Forces Them to Snitch, Then Locks Them Up for Decades

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Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen has brought national attention to occupational licensing and its impact on lower- and middle-income Americans. In an interview with Forbes, Ohlhausen describes what she sees as the FTC's role when it comes to occupational licensing, such as continuing to promote competition.
Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen has brought national

FTC Sets Its Sights On Occupational Licensing

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"If business executives participate only because they believe they can get something for their companies, the new office will be useless."

The White House announcement of the creation of the Office of American Innovation wants to "apply business smarts to government." In order for it to be successful, the new initiative should avoid the temptation to fall into cronyism.
If business executives participate only because they believe they can get something

Avoid the Crony-Capitalist Temptation

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From "tough on crime" to common sense reform, the Charles Koch Institute's Vikrant Reddy sat down with MTV News to trace the changing mindset around criminal justice reform and the role conservatives have played.

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Texas has been able to "both cut crime and produce a windfall for taxpayers" by deciding to reform its criminal justice system. In contrast, Florida has the third largest corrections system in the nation.

The Institute's Ewan Watt and Jordan Richardson answer a crucial question: What, exactly, can the Sunshine State learn from Texas?
Texas has been able to both cut crime and produce a windfall

Ewan Watt, Jordan Richardson: Lessons in lockup — what Florida can learn from Texas - Florida Politics

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Ride-hailing has taken cities by storm, but how can it be used in rural areas where transportation needs are just as great? One start-up fills the gap by adjusting the ride-hailing model of Uber and Lyft to fit rural communities with a "more neighborly" feel.
Ridehailing has taken cities by storm but how can it be used

Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

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How can airline service be improved? In light of the United Airlines debacle, Matt Welch provides a simple answer: introduce competition into the system.

"With real competition comes real failure, hopefully followed by bankruptcy and even liquidation, instead of American-style too-big-to-fail bailouts."
How can airline service be improved In light of the United Airlines

Let Richard Branson kill United Airlines

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