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Kahryn Riley

Policy Analyst

Kahryn A. Riley manages the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's criminal justice reform initiative. A Michigan native, she studied in the honors programs at Hillsdale College and Regent University School of Law. She holds a BA in politics and a JD, and is admitted to the Michigan State Bar.

Riley launched the Center's criminal justice reform initiative in 2016, and publishes regularly on issues pertaining to the state penal code, law enforcement, the corrections system and other matters of public safety and civil rights. Her work has appeared in publications including the Detroit News, the Lansing State Journal, The Hill and USA Today, and she is a sought-after speaker for criminal justice reform events and legislative briefings hosted by advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum. Her forthcoming primer on the state criminal justice system is a unique resource that provides a comprehensive overview of how Michigan addresses crime and public safety.

Riley is also the creator and host of a national speaker series called The InternNet. The program allows a nationwide virtual audience of interns at liberty-oriented think tanks to participate in stimulating interviews with leading free-market experts in real time. Past speakers have included Michael Cannon, Richard Epstein and Kay Hymowitz.

Riley has previously worked for the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, FreedomWorks in Washington DC and the Office of the Public Defender in Norfolk, VA. She currently resides in the Lansing area with her husband Brent, a firefighter/paramedic.

You Can Legally Warm Your Car Now

The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018 … more

State Senate Tightens Rules on Driver’s Licenses

The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage … more

Five Important Criminal Justice Reforms

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