Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
Cleaning up “blighted” property is a popular new trend in Wyoming cities. Local government officials and candidates around the state have joined the anti-blight cause. Unfortunately, proposed solutions could erode property rights, impose high costs on taxpayers, and threaten financial ruin for the very people officials and candidates claim to want to help. Owners and occupants of government-targeted property have reason to worry. Blight designation is largely a subjective matter based on personal preference. One person’s blighted property might be someone else’s home on a responsible budget.
Charlie Katebi and KGAB's Gary Freeman discuss a new poll by the Wyoming Liberty Group that finds a large majority of Wyoming voters oppose expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.
Refugees fled years and years ago from poverty and an oppressive government into the unknown and landed on new shores which were mysterious and harsh to them. They took that huge risk to escape persecution and have the opportunity to choose their own paths. Some of those people suffered terribly in their new land and were unsuccessful. Most, however, thrived in spite the difficulties of starting with almost nothing. And few of them would have chosen to return to their original homes. The opportunities for freedom, choice and hope were irresistible.