James Madison Institute

Editorial: Build upon better approach to crime

April 2, 2017 | Gainesville Sun Online

The tough-on-crime approach that led to zero-tolerance drug laws and long mandatory minimum prison sentences is ineffective and expensive. Florida has the third-largest state prison system and yet has the country’s fifth-highest violent crime rate.

Power to public-school principals, not Betsy DeVos' protesters

March 31, 2017 | Orlando Sentinel Online

Bob McClure, president of Florida's free-market think tank, the James Madison Institute, puts it this way:“Hire great principals, pay them well, give them the tools to do their jobs and then get out of their way. Americans will be positively amazed at how quickly students start learning more.”

It's time for smart criminal justice

March 27, 2017 | Miami Herald Online

Florida can’t fix its broken, expensive criminal justice system overnight — and there’s still resistance among lawmakers nervous about appearing soft on crime. But with key legislators taking the lead — including Senate President Joe Negron — there should be enough courage in Tallahassee to embrace proven reforms that save money without compromising public safety.

Takeaways from Tallahassee

March 25, 2017 | Florida Politics

Mandatory minimums are a waste of money unless officials take steps to improve public safety.