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.

San Francisco’s New DA Moves to Prosecute Overdose Deaths as Murder

The successor to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is making good on her promise to ramp up the drug…

October 3, 2022

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner the Latest Target of Anti-Reform Backlash

On September 13, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a resolution holding Philadelphia’s district attorney, high-profile reformer Larry Krasner, in…

September 15, 2022

A Bleak Outlook for Massachusetts’ 2022 Prosecutor Elections

The politics of prosecutors in Massachusetts this year is a complicated mess, but one that overall bodes ill for reform…

September 1, 2022

American Bar Association Calls for the Abolition of Life-Without-Parole

The life-without-parole sentence is barbaric. Decarceration activists call it “death by incarceration.” Pope Francis denounced it as “a hidden death…

August 16, 2022

Amy Weirich Ousting a Rare Recent Win for Reform Prosecutor Movement

Most people do not care about their local elected prosecutor. If a voter knows what a district attorney is, it’s…

August 11, 2022

DeSantis Removal of Elected Prosecutor Could Have Ripple Effect

On August 4, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) suspended Andrew Warren, the elected top prosecutor for Hillsborough County (Tampa). State…

August 5, 2022

Disturbing Virginia Key Plan Reflects Wave of Anti-Homeless Radicalism

Miami-Dade County, Florida, was long seen as liberal. But Biden only just beat Trump there in 2020, and the local…

August 3, 2022

Rebuttal for Paper That Links Reduced Prosecutions With Increased Homicides

Something about the concept of “progressive prosecutors” tends to torpedo rational debate. Chesa Boudin, the recalled district attorney of San…

July 26, 2022

How Deep Does New Jersey’s Anti-Stigma Messaging Really Run?

Counties across the state of New Jersey trumpet their commitment to ending stigma against people with addiction. In 2018, for…

July 21, 2022

San Francisco’s New DA Vows to Ramp Up City’s Drug War

Recall District Attorney Brooke Jenkins? That’s what some San Francisco residents are saying, more in hope than expectation, after Mayor…

July 13, 2022