Pew and Utah Lead the Way on Justice Reform in the States

On Thursday, October 1, members of The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a discussion panel, where Utah Governor Gary Herbert and United States Senator Orin Hatch spoke on how Utah’s 2015 criminal justice reforms could serve as a model throughout the country. Speaking on the panel were ALEC member and Utah state Representative Eric Hutchings, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Executive Director Ron Gordon, and Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook. Jake Horowitz, policy director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project, served as the moderator.

Although crime in Utah has decreased during the past …

Building a Better (Cyber) Wall

Perhaps Donald Trump is right. A wall needs to be built for better protection. The right type of wall, though, may not be physical. The wall needed is a “cyber” wall. What good is a cyber wall? A well-constructed cyber wall will be effective in minimizing the damage hackers can … »

Revolutionary Advancements in Life Sciences

In conjunction with the 2015 Annual Meeting, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) hosted a joint event with Life Sciences companies to educate ALEC members on the process of introducing a quality drug to the marketplace. The July 21 Life Sciences Academy included presentations and a tour of pharmaceutical facilities … »

Juries and Groupthink: Moderating the Threat to Reasonable Lawsuits

Social psychologists have been studying the effects of groupthink for decades. Group discussion tends to lead to more extreme opinions. Considered in the dynamic of jury deliberations, the results can be disheartening. But what if discussions among diverse groups of individuals with a variety of perspectives beget moderation? Enhancing the … »

Projected Ozone Nonattainment Areas

Following yesterday’s news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will lower the current National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 ppb to 70, here is a map showing what sections of the country will be most affected by the revision. Areas shaded in red are counties … »