Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Lauren-Brooke Eisen is Counsel for the Justice Program at The Brennan Center for Justice.

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There are stockpiles of research finding that incarceration has dramatically increased without yielding large crime-reduction benefits for the country — and has in fact harmed communities and torn apart families. Not only that, but in states where prison rates have fallen, the crime rates have fallen as well. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty) Views
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The 1994 Crime Bill and Beyond: How Federal Funding Shapes the Criminal Justice System
September 13 marks 25 years since the signing of the most far-reaching crime bill Congress ever passed. Standing in front of a crowd of uniformed police officers, President Bill Clinton extolled the crime-fighting potential in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 , now commonly...
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Despite the proposals to curb our government’s reliance on private prisons, the banks running for the hills, and legislators passing laws to make it challenging for the industry to operate, its future appears to be a mixed bag. (Photo: Getty/RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post) Views
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Resistance to Private Prison Industry Mounts Amid Debate Over Trump’s Immigration Detention Policies
The private prison industry is under renewed scrutiny, and things are not going well for it. Prison companies were already under fire, accused of putting profits above the well-being of incarcerated individuals and staff at the dozens of federal and state prisons and local jails they run around the...
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.
Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report finding that privately operated federal prisons are more dangerous than those managed by the federal Bureau of Prisons and need more...
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Criminal Justice Reform in 2015: Year End Review
Criminal justice reform continued to build momentum this year within the inner sanctum of the Beltway and across the nation in a handful of states. It emerged as a significant issue in the Presidential campaign, and looks likely to stay front and center into 2016. Some of the year’s most...
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt
In today’s economy, overwhelming debt is an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans. From credit card debt to mortgage debt to student loan debt, Americans increasingly live off of borrowed money. But few realize how the criminal justice system imposes increasing debts on individuals. Worse...
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