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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.

Criminal Justice Reform Has Waited Long Enough

It’s been a topsy-turvy ride for Wyoming’s Criminal Justice Reform bill, HB94. Too few understand the magnitude of effort it has taken to get the evidence-based legislation to where it is now. After nearly FIFTEEN years of discussions, studies, and analysis, the bill finally stands a fighting chance at becoming law.

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Four Approaches to Improving Criminal Justice

There are four main approaches to administering criminal justice; 1) Deterrence, 2) Restraint, 3) Retribution, and 4) Rehabilitation. Every criminal justice system uses some combination but over the years, trial and error throughout the 50 states has called into question the effectiveness of each. Making sure Wyoming’s focus is on an efficient, evidence-based combination will go a long way towards increasing long-term public safety, saving taxpayer dollars, and giving offenders a shot at redemption.

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Hot Seat Q & A on Criminal Justice Reform

In case you missed it, Anthony sat down with Gary Freeman on KGAB Radio to answer the tough questions surrounding criminal justice reform.  Much appreciation to the thoughtful listeners that took the time to call in.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Anthony directly via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Christmas Caroling Without Permission: Illegal in Cheyenne

Be careful where you’re spreading holiday cheer this season. You could wind up in the slammer for six months or pay up to $750 in fines. According to an ordinance approved by the City of Cheyenne in 1897, it’s technically unlawful to Christmas carol without a permit. The 120-year-old law isn’t just a prime example of regulatory nonsense and over-criminalization – it’s a clear violation of protected free speech.

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Four Theories of Criminal Justice

Anthony appeared on KGAB Radio to discuss four theories of criminal justice: Deterrence, Restraint, Retribution, and Rehabilitation.  He and host, Gary Freeman, hashed out the good and bad of each theory and how they are addressed by Wyoming’s proposed Criminal Justice Reform legislation.

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Justice Reform Could Cut Healthcare Spending, Combat Potential Crisis

By: Anthony Vibbard & Charlie Katebi

Criminal justice reform legislation will be on the agenda in the upcoming 2017 Wyoming Legislative General Session. Much has been said about criminal justice reform and its potential to save taxpayer dollars. The conversation typically revolves around lowering administrative costs, downsizing staff, and avoiding future prison construction. But, reforms could also reduce the growing cost of prison healthcare.

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Skateboarding is Not a Crime

Tuesday of this week, the Cheyenne City Council voted to replace an overreaching ordinance that criminalized skateboarding downtown.  One of many ordinances that lead to overcriminalization.

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