Four Decades and Counting: The Continued Failure of the War on Drugs

Proponents of drug prohibition claim that such policies reduce drug-related crime, decrease drug-related disease and overdose, and are an effective means of disrupting and dismantling organized criminal enterprises. In a new study, Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall analyze the theoretical underpinnings of these claims, using tools and insights from economics, and explore the economics of prohibition and the veracity of proponent claims by analyzing data on overdose deaths, crime, and cartels. The authors conclude that prohibition is not only ineffective, but counterproductive, at achieving the goals of policymakers both domestically and abroad.

What Kind of a Judge Is Neil Gorsuch?

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings this week on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies has issued several works that cover everything from a close reading of Judge Gorsuch’s appellate court opinions to the importance of judicial independence, from both the president and Congress, to why the battle for the courts today is so intense. It is, says Roger Pilon, because the country is fundamentally divided over the meaning of the Constitution.

Deep Racial Divide in Perceptions of Police and Reported Experiences, No Group Is Anti-Cop

At first glance Americans appear satisfied with their local law enforcement. However, below the surface reside many stark differences in attitudes toward the police across race/ethnicity, age, education, income, and ideological lines. In a new extensive national public opinion survey, Cato scholar Emily Ekins finds deep partisan and racial divides in perceptions of police efficacy, impartiality, integrity, empathy, tactics, and accountability. Comprehensively examining survey results, the report explores public priorities for policing, anxiety about crime, the impact of personal experiences with police and the judicial system, police misconduct, the use of force, perceptions of police accountability and integrity, and much more.

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Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Ten years after the Supreme Court’s infamous eminent domain decision, Kelo v. New London, Timothy and Christina Sanderfur’s Cornerstone of Liberty examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005. Through a combination of real-life stories and solid legal analysis, the authors explain how key issues like eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and environmental protection regulations have evolved and how they should be reformed.

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This new Cato project gathers reports of credible allegations of police misconduct so policymakers (and others) can make informed assessments of the nature and circumstances of police misconduct, and consider proposals that can minimize wrongdoing.

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Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

The State of American Criminal Justice

After another year of protests and unrest across the country, criminal justice reform remains a contentious issue. But, which reforms are the most urgent and what can we realistically expect to accomplish? To help answer these questions, the Cato Institute is presenting a conference that brings together experts from courtrooms, universities, prisons and police departments to examine policies and incentives, and to provide insights, strategies, and viable solutions to some of the most pressing criminal justice questions facing policymakers today at all levels of government.