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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.

Virtual Justice: Using New Technology in the Criminal Justice System

It can work if used judiciously … more

Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door

Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations … more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination … more

Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost … more

The InternNet

Giving Some Ex-Cons a Clean Record Makes Sense

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce … more

How Juvenile Justice Works in Michigan

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth … more

‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults … more

Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment … more

To Improve Michigan’s Political Culture, Reverse the Trend Toward Overcriminalization

SWAT Teams Need More Transparency

How Many People Should be in Prison?

No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question … more

Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing

Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting … more

Not Your Average Campus Tour

Conservatives and Liberals Rally Support for Repealing Mandatory Life Sentences in Michigan

Senate proposals would complete 15-year effort to end mandatory minimum drug sentencing … more

Second Chances Start in Midland

Local organization helps ex-offenders reintegrate safely and successfully … more

Law Would Make Bringing Large Amount of Alcohol into Michigan a Felony

Bills pushed by wholesalers to ‘keep a higher profit for themselves’ … more

Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data

Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan … more

Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System

Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars

Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just … more

Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do

Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year … more

Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap

No Government? No Problem

Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving … more

Closing Crime and Punishment’s Revolving Door

Two Good Reasons to Stop Licensing

Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan

After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived … more

A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders

Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill … more

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

Let Them Take Selfies: Explaining Michigan’s Law

Ballot selfies are still prohibited in Michigan, for now … more

Introducing the Criminal Justice Initiative

Putting Too Many People in Prison Puts Michigan at Risk

New study indicates prison time increases recidivism … more

Pugsley Correctional Facility to Close

Michigan's prison population on the decline … more

Do Michigan Criminal Penalties Make Sense? No One Knows

Petty Restrictions on Tobacco Endanger Respect for Law

Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws … more

Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals … more

Addressing the Shortcomings of Probation and Parole

Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success … more

MSU Car Smoking Ban Increases Potential for Community-Police Tensions

Corporate Giving Boosts Employee Recruitment and Retention

Criminal Justice in a Free Society

Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative … more