Durden Center for the Advancement of Liberty2018-05-03T19:27:35-04:00

Durden Center for the Advancement of Liberty

The K. Earl Durden Center for the Advancement of Liberty helps build support for all of JMI’s policy priorities and programs. The Center staff is dedicated to raising these funds through private individuals, foundations, and corporations, through a combination of grants and other major gifts, direct mail, fundraising events and the Institute’s membership program.

The Center also houses an extensive library of books on liberty, founding principles, economics, history and a wide range of public policy topics. JMI members have exclusive access to this library, which is located inside JMI’s headquarters at The Columns.

The Center is named in honor of the late K. Earl Durden, (1936-2010) a businessman and philanthropist from Panama City, Florida, who served on the board of directors of The James Madison Institute. Before his passing in 2010, Mr. Durden made a significant contribution to The Columns capital campaign. While he never lived to see the Institute’s staff move into and work from The Columns, his legacy is remembered each and every day as JMI staff and visitors pass through the JMI library.

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At the heart of the United States’ criminal justice system is the principle that someone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Nevertheless, 60 percent of those detained in Florida jails—35,000 people on any given day are awaiting trial, not convicted of a crime—at an average cost [...]

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Florida’s Prisoner Dilemma

The efficacy of the tough on crime mantra of American politics may have reached its apex in Florida politics. A September 2016 poll conducted by The James Madison Institute and the Charles Koch Institute revealed that 72 percent of Floridians agree or strongly agree that there should be criminal [...]

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Poor Results, Good Intentions

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