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.

The Influential HOPE Probation Program Is Badly Misnamed

Last month, a woman won $7 million in a federal court in Hawaii against the state’s Department of Public Safety,…

December 1, 2021

What Drugs, Sex Work and One Key Case Mean for the Baltimore DA Race

In 2018, attorney Ivan Bates ran against incumbent Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and performed terribly, receiving only 28 percent…

November 24, 2021

The Right Uses Wisconsin Parade Tragedy to Attack Bail Reform

After an SUV ploughed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21, killing five people and injuring 48,…

November 23, 2021

Why the ACLU Is Taking On Wyoming’s Pretrial “24/7 Sobriety” Program

Criminologists and, increasingly, local court systems love the idea of “swift, certain and fair” punishments for drug use (including alcohol) by…

November 22, 2021

The Data Gatekeeper Spinning Pennsylvania’s Prisons Narrative

In 2017, at the American Society of Criminology’s annual conference in Philadelphia, then-President James P. Lynch gave a speech about…

November 16, 2021

Legal Professors’ Lawsuit Spotlights Resistance to Prosecutor Accountability

A fight over law professors’ free speech rights shows just how far state bars will go to protect prosecutors who…

November 12, 2021

Exit of Draconian Fort Worth DA Will Leave Opening for Reform

Just a few years back, Tarrant County, Texas, which includes Fort Worth, was dubbed a “bright-red anomaly”—a highly populated urban…

November 10, 2021

After GOP Sweep, Virginia’s AG-Elect Takes Aim at Reform Prosecutors

The impact of the Republican sweep in Virginia on November 2 won’t be limited to Glenn Youngkin’s winning his dog-whistle…

November 8, 2021

A Bad Election Night for Bids to Transform Criminal-Legal Systems

The future of criminal justice was on the ballot across the United States on November 2. The theme ran through…

November 3, 2021

Seattle Times Slightly Obsessed With Abolitionist City Attorney Candidate

Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, a Seattle candidate for city attorney and self-identified prison and police abolitionist, can be characterized as a member…

November 1, 2021