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Kahryn Riley

Policy Analyst

Kahryn Riley is a Mackinac Center policy analyst. She joined the criminal justice reform initiative in June 2016, after working for two years as a regional advancement officer at the Center.

Kahryn is an attorney and an alumna of Hillsdale College and Regent University School of Law. She has worked for free-market think tanks in Michigan, New York, and Washington, DC, for the Office of the Public Defender in Norfolk, Virginia, and for Consumers Energy’s department of Regulatory Affairs.

Kahryn and her husband reside in Lansing.

How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes

Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully … more

Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform

Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session … more

Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car

Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says … more

Legislature Reins In Judges’ Power to Deny Parole

A prisoner’s chances at parole can no longer be rejected by a random judge … more

Un-Making a Murderer

Preventing crimes provides huge cost savings … more

Ballot-Selfie Ban Stands In Way of Free Speech

Riley pens op-ed in The Detroit News … more

Some Proposals for Criminal Justice Reform in the Legislature

Making Michigan safer, freer and more prosperous … more

Individualized Solutions for Juvenile Justice Can Help Reduce Mass Incarceration

Senate Proposes Broad Criminal Justice Reforms

Changes could save money and improve outcomes … more

Key Criminal Justice Bills Working Their Way Through the Legislature

Proposed reforms to juvenile sentencing, prisoner parole time and judicial power … more