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Anthony Vibbard is a Policy Analyst at Wyoming Liberty Group and a Liberty@Work Fellow through the Charles Koch Institute. His primary focus is on criminal justice reform. Anthony grew up in Lebanon, Missouri. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Sports, and Park Administration from the Missouri State University, he worked as an ocean guide in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge along the coastline of Southwest Florida. Anthony attended law school at the University of Missouri School of Law where he served as President of the Federalist Society, studied Comparative Criminal Justice and Constitution in Cape Town, South Africa, interned with the Institute for Justice, and worked on multiple cases with the Midwest Innocence Project.

Increase Public Safety and Save Money? I'm in!

Comprehensive criminal justice reform could increase public safety, save millions of dollars, and give each non-violent offender a second chance.

Over 95% of those incarcerated in Wyoming will eventually be released from prison, so we must consider what to do with these individuals while they are in the state’s custody.  Research tell us that lengthy sentences for non-violent, low-level offenders may actually increase the threat of future offenses.  Alternatively, equipping non-violent offenders with the tools to become responsible members of the community can maximize long term public safety and minimize state spending on corrections.

Last month, representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Wyoming Board of Parole presented a draft bill to the Interim Joint Judiciary Committee that offers six such tools to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with offenders.  Each change invests in public safety and lessens the burden on taxpayers.

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Justice Reform Can Help Save Wyoming Some Serious Cash

Anthony joined KGAB host, Gary Freeman, and a number of callers to hash out the importance of sentencing guidelines and post-conviction reform, ways to deal with wrongful convictions, and how being smart on crime can save the state precious resources.

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Together, Wyoming Can Carry the Torch

Anthony speaks with Glenn Woods on Bold Republic and dives a little deeper into the ins and outs of criminal justice reform. The episode is about learning from other States’ mistakes and successes to implement innovative policies toward criminal justice reform. The two talk about the non-partisan nature of CJR and discuss more specific ways to create a stronger, more efficient Wyoming.

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Criminal Justice Reform 101: Where to Begin

Anthony speaks with Glenn Woods on Bold Republic about problems seen across the nation and in other states’ criminal justice systems and how they are being handled. This interview paints very broad brush strokes of justice reform policy and potential to make Wyoming more efficient.

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