Rory Fleming

Rory is a writer and licensed attorney. Previously, he ran Foglight Strategies, a campaign research services firm for forward-thinking prosecutors, and worked for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Harvard Law School Fair Punishment Project and the National Network for Safe Communications at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He lives in Philadelphia.

Bombshell Paper Names the Federal Judges Guilty of the Most Racist Sentencing

It has long been known that people of color get harsher criminal sentences in federal criminal court for the same…

August 2, 2021

This Iowa Prosecutor Race Will Be a Significant National Yardstick

The County Attorney’s Office in Polk County (Des Moines), Iowa has gotten little attention from criminal justice reform advocates—at least…

July 27, 2021

Biden Pick of Rachael Rollins for US Attorney of Mass. a Mixed Blessing

President Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint Suffolk County (Boston) District Attorney Rachael Rollins as the next US…

July 26, 2021

In Seeking Rural Reform Prosecutors to “Uplift,” Don’t Set the Bar Too Low

Saying the criminal-legal system is a system like saying a forest is a tree. There are over 2,000 local criminal…

July 20, 2021

Gwen Levi and the “Sentencing Goals” That Shouldn’t Apply

Around 90 percent of criminal cases are handled by county court systems, where inflexibility on disproportionately harsh sentencing outcomes is…

July 12, 2021

Mass. DA Exemplifies How the “Progressive Prosecutor” Tag Is Overused

During a recent webinar hosted by Prosecutorial Performance Indicators, an organization that encourages better data collection in the criminal justice…

July 7, 2021

Is the Tide Turning Against Public Sex Offender Registries?

On June 8, the American Law Institute, arguably the most prestigious non-governmental law reform organization in the country, concluded its…

July 2, 2021

Alvin Bragg Likely to Be Manhattan’s Next DA: What Are the Implications?

The Democratic primary for Manhattan’s next district attorney was a big mess. Leading up to the June 22 election, there…

June 23, 2021

Scapegoating of Chesa Boudin Reflects Ugly Attitudes to Unhoused People

A few years back, an article describing Fayetteville made the small North Carolina city look like a hotbed of hatred…

June 22, 2021

What Would It Have Taken to “Stop Singas”?

On June 8, reporter Sam Mellins tweeted a photo of a January 6, 1999 letter from then-Queens Assistant District Attorney…

June 16, 2021