2018 Legislative Summary

(pdf download) Statement on the 2018 Legislative Session from JMI’s President and CEO “The 2018 Florida Legislative Session was an important session for Florida’s future. The policy team at The James Madison Institute worked overtime in Tallahassee and beyond to inform state policymakers on efforts to advance limited government, [...]

2018 Policy Priorities of The James Madison Institute

(download pdf) President's Message Over the past year, there has been no lack of debate, contention, or drama emanating from the corridors of Washington, D.C. Whether it was the high stakes effort to assure the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, the tumultuous day-to-day of the Trump White House, [...]

By | 2018-09-11T16:08:03+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Publications|Comments Off on 2018 Policy Priorities of The James Madison Institute

Sachs Media Group Named Agency of Record for The James Madison Institute

Sachs Media Group, Florida’s dominant public affairs communications firm, has been named Agency of Record forThe James Madison Institute (JMI),Florida’s premier free-market think tank. The Sachs firm’s work will be targeted to elevate JMI’s profile in Florida and nationally by providing public affairs, public relations, digital media, targeted advertising, and [...]

By | 2018-05-23T09:11:56+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Press|Comments Off on Sachs Media Group Named Agency of Record for The James Madison Institute

Staying Moored: Why a Meaningful Mens Rea Requirement Should Matter to You

As the recent Presidential election attested, Florida regularly commands the national spotlight. This is evident in the world of criminal justice. An adequate mens rea (which is legalese for a “guilty mind”) requirement in all criminal laws protects anyone that did not intend to commit a crime from unjustly [...]

By | 2018-05-25T12:47:56+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Journal, Publications|Comments Off on Staying Moored: Why a Meaningful Mens Rea Requirement Should Matter to You

How the Sunshine State Can Shine on Criminal Justice

Florida has long been one of the nation’s top importers in the most important category of all – people. Whether to find opportunity in a state with no income tax or to enjoy a blissful retirement, Florida has been a shiny beacon for millions of people from other states [...]

By | 2018-05-25T13:15:47+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Journal, Publications|Comments Off on How the Sunshine State Can Shine on Criminal Justice

Pre-Trial Decision Making

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-25T13:21:05+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Journal, Publications|Comments Off on Florida’s Prisoner Dilemma