Latest from Keith Humphreys

Prisons are getting Whiter. That’s one way mass incarceration might end.

Getting many Americans to stop seeing prisons as a ‘Black problem’ is a key to reform.
  • Feb 26, 2021

Widespread testing might not work in America. We love our ‘freedom’ too much.

Gun-toting protesters are bad, but broader distrust in government may be worse.
  • May 14, 2020
  • Opinion

Yes, marijuana has a gateway effect. But so do most addictive substances.

Those who mocked Joe Biden for suggesting marijuana can lead to other drugs got the science wrong.
  • Nov 20, 2019

We can’t fight opioids by controlling demand alone

Unless authorities also cut back on the supply, drug policy will continue to fail.
  • Jul 5, 2019

How jails stay full even as crime falls

How does the correctional system keep jails full when there aren’t as many crimes? By locking up people awaiting trial.
  • Jun 6, 2019
  • Opinion

Black imprisonment rates are down. It’s important to know why.

Let's find out what's been working and expand on it.
  • Apr 30, 2019

In push for marijuana legalization, 2020 Democrats side with industry

The less profit-driven legalization options available haven’t gotten much attention.
  • Mar 13, 2019

The new criminal justice law will modestly shrink prison populations. Should we go further?

The federal role in incarceration has expanded in recent decades. Should Congress do more to change it?
  • Feb 25, 2019

The prescription drug epidemic no one’s talking about

Like opioids, benzodiazepines' effects on most users include relaxation and slowed breathing. They are also addictive and can cause an overdose.
  • Jan 18, 2019
  • Wonkblog
  • Analysis

O’Rourke’s towering advantage in the 2020 Democratic primary

Winning the primary is a tall task. He may measure up to it.
  • Dec 28, 2018