By Clay

Justice Reform in Conservative States

"Conservative governors have focused on the fact that roughly 95 percent of those who are incarcerated will eventually return to our communities, and that we ought to see if there are things that can be done while these offenders are still incarcerated to address the problems these prisoners will likely face once they are free.

Currently, many offenders have substance abuse problems, or a lack of education or jobs skills, making them more likely to recidivate and pose a continuing threat to public safety once they have been released. Governors are encouraging offenders to participate in evidence-based programs designed to address their particular needs."

These governors need to look at ARPI's proposal for a SIB to be released in December.

Required Reading:

"As Clay S. Conrad notes in his Jury Nullification: The Evolution Of A Doctrine, to the framers of our Constitution, jury nullification was itself a feature, not a bug. Distrustful of the bureaucracy and even of the judiciary, framing-era Americans viewed a jury’s refusal to convict as an important protection for liberty."

It would be a good thing to have some required reading for juries in order to give them a better understanding of the importance of their role and the power they have. 

Affordable Housing Shortage:

"Modest apartment buildings like the Verona that cater to middle-class and working-class families are becoming scarcer as fewer are built nationwide and older ones are demolished. That has resulted in a severe shortage of midtier apartments, causing rents for these units to rise at a faster pace than for luxury ones."

UN's Sustainable Development Goals:

"The report unveiled today highlighted the need to create synergies between agricultural upgrading and rural economic diversification through development of rural non-farm economy. For the rural transformation, which has been taken as a primary concern to achieve the SDGs, the report has recommended some crucial issues, like financing productive investment, harnessing technology for agriculture transformation, promoting entrepreneurial rural economies and combining infrastructure investment that mainly impacts on productivity which subsequently creates enough livelihood activities in rural areas."      

Even though this has an international rural poverty focus, the crucial issues are the same in the rural US.  That issue of promoting entrepreneurial rural economies is our mission at ARPI.

Read the Whole Thing:

"In late October, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a ruling that now makes it easier for those who manage pension funds and 401k plans to include socially responsible investments. According to an article in ThinkAdvisor, the new guidelines counteract language issued in 2008 by the Bush administration that had warned fund managers away from such investments.

“This is a landmark ruling,” said Surya Kolluri, managing director for policy and market planning in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global wealth and retirement solutions business. Speaking at the recent Wharton Social Impact Conference, he predicted the new policy will catch on over time as managers become more comfortable devoting institutional dollars to social impact initiatives."