Rory Fleming

Rory is the founder of Foglight Strategies, a campaign research services firm for forward-thinking prosecutors nationwide. He previously worked for the Fair Punishment Project, which was founded as a joint project of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and its Criminal Justice Institute. He was also a communications specialist for the National Network for Safe Communications, a research center at City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Rory is a licensed Minnesota attorney. He lives in Philadelphia.

Meet the Type of Law Enforcement Officer That William Barr Really Likes

President Trump threw US Attorney General William Barr a big bone in the form of a January 22 executive order…

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Why So Many Prosecutors Enjoy Uncontested Re-Election

There is so much we don’t know about local prosecutors’ offices. Despite handling the vast majority of US criminal cases,…

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Prosecutors Must Learn From Drug Users—But That Takes Humility

Across the US, most health professionals can now find opportunities to learn how to integrate harm reduction into their practice,…

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As Reform Prosecutors Take Office, Courts Start Working Against Them

A new year means that all the candidates who won local elections in November get sworn in and start doing…

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Philadelphia Mayor’s Worrying Pick for New Police Commissioner

When Danielle Outlaw became Portland’s police chief in 2017, she was the first Black woman to hold the role. Yet…

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Why the Style of Mimi Rocah’s District Attorney Run Raises Concerns

I have the unique experience of having worked for 11 different district attorney campaigns. One of the things I’ve learned…

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Giving Incarcerated People “Free” Tablets, Not Books, Is a New Means of Subjugation

The general idea of US prison policy seems to be to make life as miserable as possible for people behind…

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A San Francisco Man Is Currently in Jail for Eating a Cookie in Rehab

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Michael Begert is probably feeling lucky that he is not facing reelection for another five…

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Kamala Harris’s Exit Shows That Prosecutors No Longer Get a Pass

Kamala Harris dropped out of the race to become the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate on December 3, blaming lack of…

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Inside the Controversy Over a Progressive Georgia Mayor’s Court System

Clarkston, Georgia is undeniably a small city, with about 13,000 residents. But it packs a large punch when it comes…

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