Ames Grawert is Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, and the John L. Neu Justice Counsel. His work seeks to develop an understanding of the cost of America’s criminal justice system — to defendants, inmates, and the nation as a whole — and to translate that information into legal change.
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Thursday, March 02, 2017
Crime Isn’t Out of Control. But the White House Wants You to Think It Is.
In his first address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Trump once more painted a bleak picture of a country besieged by crime, drugs and terrorism. The unexpectedly positive tone he used shouldn’t obscure the falsehoods at the heart of his rhetoric. Drugs “pour in at a now unprecedented rate...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Democratic Leadership Is Missing In Action on Mass Incarceration
Even though it now looks like Americans will be deprived the drama of a contested Republican convention, the gathering in Cleveland could hold at least one surprise. The Republicans are set to vote on an RNC resolution to reduce mass incarceration. The measure asks for “reforms for nonviolent...