Jonathan Blanks was a Research Associate in Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice. His research is focused on law enforcement practices, overcriminalization, and civil liberties.

Blanks has appeared on various television, radio, and internet media including HuffPost Live, Bloomberg Law Radio, and Voice of America. His work has been published in the Washington PostThe New RepublicThe AtlanticDenver PostChicago Tribune, Democracy Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Vox​.com, ViceReasonLib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org, Timeline, and the Indianapolis Star, among others. In 2015, Blanks testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police accountability.

Blanks is a graduate of Indiana University.