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150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

With so many laws on the books, there are virtually unlimited ways that a person can become a criminal. This puts an enormous strain on our legal and judicial system. Utah County Attorney David Leavitt joins us to discuss a groundbreaking approach that he is trying that seeks to handle problems in ways other than simply prosecuting people. Learn what he hopes to accomplish and how it could cut down on the the unnecessary criminalization that bogs down our justice system.   Links mentioned: There’s a new top prosecutor in Utah County, and he says he’ll reform the criminal justice […]
June 18, 2019
146: Molly Davis on What It’s Like Touring a Prison

146: Molly Davis on What It’s Like Touring a Prison

Unless we personally know someone who has been incarcerated, chances are that we know very little about the prison system. It’s a part of life that takes place out of sight and out of mind for many us and we seem to prefer it that way. Libertas policy analyst Molly Davis joins Connor to discuss their takeaways from a recent tour they did at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah.   Links mentioned: Prison Rape is the Criminal Justice Issue No One is Talking About by Brad Polumbo and Molly Davis Who is Watching the Inmate Watchers? by […]
June 3, 2019
144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

Medical procedures often produce certain ethical concerns and the occasional dilemma. One of those is when pelvic examinations are conducted on unconscious women. The physical risks may be secondary to the emotional damage that can result when a woman realizes that her reproductive organs have been examined while she was under anesthesia for another procedure. Connor visits with Robin Fretwell Wilson from the University of Illinois College of Law about recent legislative efforts to protect the patient’s right to informed consent.   Links mentioned: States Seek Explicit Patient Consent for Pelvic Exams by the Associated Press The ethics of pelvic […]
May 24, 2019
140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

Everyone makes mistakes. But when that mistake is a criminal one, should it follow a person for the rest of his or her life? Few of us understand the process of expungement and how it can provide a person with an opportunity for starting over with a clean slate. Rebecca Vallas from the Center for American Progress joins Connor to discuss why it’s in our interest to provide some offenders with a second chance at life.   Links mentioned: Clean Slate
May 4, 2019
139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

Being summoned for jury duty is rarely a cause for celebration. But it should be. It’s a pretty sure bet that those who feel inconvenienced by the prospect of jury duty simply don’t understand the essential role the jury fills in a free society. Unfortunately, this information is not something the state is going to freely share with prospective jurors. But we will! In this episode we talk about the history of trial by jury and how the jury can be the last bulwark to hold back injustice or tyranny.   Links mentioned: Ensuring Justice through Juror Discretion from Libertas […]
May 1, 2019
118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

Most of us tend to take for granted that our justice system works. This means we assume that the system is hard at work protecting the innocent by only putting bad guys in jail. Our guest may cause you to rethink that assumption. Brett Tolman is a former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor for the federal government. Now, he is a criminal justice reformer who is working to address some serious problems within the system. Learn what he came to realize and what he is doing to correct some of the institutional obstacles to authentic justice. 
October 23, 2018
100: Ron Paul Reflections on the Fight for Liberty

100: Ron Paul Reflections on the Fight for Liberty

Welcome to a milestone episode of Society and the State. For our 100th episode, it’s fitting that our guest is former Congressman and presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul has been a tireless advocate for personal liberty and free markets. His influence has been a catalyst for many of us who have found purpose in the cause of freedom. Dr. Paul shares his thoughts on what the freedom movement has accomplished so far and what likely lies ahead for it.  
July 24, 2018
96: Max Borders on Why Politics Is Not the Answer to Improving the World

96: Max Borders on Why Politics Is Not the Answer to Improving the World

Most of us are trained from a very young age to believe that government is the solution for most of the problems in our lives. As a result, we tend to spend a lot of time and effort fighting over how we want government to solve social problems. Max Borders has a slightly different take on things. He has founded an organization that’s dedicated to liberating humanity through innovation. Can technology allow us to better address authentic needs without having to resort to political solutions? 
July 10, 2018
76: Senator Mike Lee on Why Congress No Longer Oversees Military Intervention

76: Senator Mike Lee on Why Congress No Longer Oversees Military Intervention

If you can name all of the various countries in which the United States is currently active militarily, you’re a rare individual. Even the folks who think they’re paying attention are somewhat shocked when they see how common American interventionism has become. Senator Mike Lee joins us to discuss how the responsibility for going to war has shifted from Congress to the Executive branch and what it means for our foreign policy.   
April 30, 2018
20: Richard Maybury on Teaching Children With the Uncle Eric Books

20: Richard Maybury on Teaching Children With the Uncle Eric Books

With so many interesting distractions all around us, it’s hard to help young minds recognize the complex issues and ideas that shape the world around us. Finding someone who can make difficult concepts easier to understand and apply is a huge help. Richard Maybury is a talented author and the publisher of the Uncle Eric book series which helps readers of all ages understand economics, law and history in a memorable way. Maybury’s approach is empowering and greatly needed. It’s a lot easier to teach young minds correct principles than it is to persuade adults to relearn false ideas they’ve […]
August 21, 2017