As part of its push for criminal justice reform, the Charles Koch Institute (yes, that Charles Koch) has just posted a series of interviews with Alex Kozinski, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Kozinski is often tagged as a conservative, but he has become one of the loudest, most eloquent and most consistent critics of the criminal justice system on the federal bench, both in his opinions and in his writing outside of court.
There was a time when Kozinksi was touted as a possible Supreme Court nominee. That seems unlikely now, for a number of reasons. But it’s a shame. He and Sonia Sotomayor would make for a formidable alliance on these issues.
On police militarization:
On redemption and forgiveness in the criminal justice system:
On false confessions:
On mandatory minimum sentences: