In a summer of unrest and public debate around the issue of police reform, Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Arthur Rizer, Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties and Resident Senior Fellow for R Street Institute, about the state of the criminal justice system in the US. As a former police officer, who studies criminal justice issues at Oxford, and a former prosecutor, Arthur has seen all sides of how police departments work. He shares his thoughts on how we should discuss the topic of police reform and how the language we use informs the outcomes we get.


Show Notes:

You can read more from Arthur on these issues here:

“A Call for New Criminal Justice Values”The Square One Project

“We Don’t Need to Abolish the Police. We Do Need to Fundamentally Reform the Institution”The Federalist Society

“Why ‘Enforcing’ the Law is Not the Same as Doing Justice”The Crime Report

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About Our Guest:

Arthur Rizer heads the R Street Institute’s programs dealing with a variety of issues related to crime, policing, intelligence and privacy. In this capacity, he produces original research, writes for the popular press and educates policymakers on criminal justice and civil liberty issues. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of London, University College London in the Department of Security and Crime Science, an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.

Before joining R Street, Arthur was an associate professor of law at West Virginia University’s College of Law and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He also served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, primarily as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division, where he targeted command-and-control drug cartel leaders and narco-terrorists. He also served as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California and in the civil division, working on immigration-related litigation, with the Federal Programs Guantanamo Bay litigation team and at the Office of Immigration Litigation.

Early in his civilian career, Arthur worked as a patrol officer in Washington state. He also spent almost 21 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to train the Iraqi Special Forces Division. During his military career, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service and Iraq Campaign medals. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army, WV National Guard.

Arthur is the author of three books: Lincoln’s Counsel: Lessons Learned from America’s Most Persuasive Speaker (2010); The National Security Implications of Immigration Law (2013); and Jefferson’s Pen: The Art of Persuasion (2016). He is a member of Columbia University Justice Lab’s Executive Session for the Future of Justice Policy and the Federalist Society’s Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Practice Group.

Arthur earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Pacific Lutheran University, a master of laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University’s Law Center and his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Command Staff College. He is in the final stages of a doctorate at Oxford University that focuses on policing.

He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Jessi, and has two sons.

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