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Radley Balko is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com.
Previously, Balko was a policy analyst for the Cato Institute specializing in civil liberties issues, where he published a paper on alcohol policy and a groundbreaking study on paramilitary police raids.
He is a columnist for FoxNews.com and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Time, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Forbes, National Post, Worth and numerous other publications. Balko has also appeared on the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NPR.
Balko's work on paramilitary raids and the overuse of SWAT teams was featured by John Tierney in The New York Times, has been praised by outlets ranging from Human Events to the Daily Kos, and was cited by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent in the case Hudson v. Michigan.
Balko is also credited with bringing national attention to the case of Cory Maye, a black man who prior to Balko's work was on death row in Mississippi for shooting and killing a white police officer during a raid on Maye's home. Balko's Reason feature on Maye was also cited in an opinion by the Mississippi State Supreme Court. National Journal also profiled Balko's coverage of the case.
Balko publishes the personal blog, TheAgitator.com. He graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a degree in journalism and political science.
- Justice John Paul Stevens' Mixed Record on Civil Liberties
Stevens wasn't the civil libertarian he's made out to be, but his retirement will still leave the Court more deferential to government power.
April 12, 2010
- The NoVa Police Blackout
Law enforcement agencies in Northern Virginia say you have no right to know what they're doing
April 5, 2010
- Progress and Challenges in Mississippi
Disgraced medical examiner Steven Hayne's career appears to be over, but the state has much more work to do.
March 29, 2010
- Another Senseless Drug War Death
Stunning developments in the 2009 police shooting of Georgia pastor Jonathan Ayers
March 23, 2010
- Pre-Crime Policing
Allegedly “disgruntled” man has his guns seized, and “voluntarily” surrenders to two SWAT teams and dozens of police officers for a crime that hadn’t been committed
March 16, 2010
- The Other Broken Windows Fallacy
The NYPD is accused of under-reporting serious crimes while manufacturing petty ones.
March 8, 2010
- 4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day
Maryland's SWAT transparency bill produces its first disturbing results
March 1, 2010
- Clemency Under Fire
A parolee turned cop killer sparks an ill-informed debate about pardons and commutations.
February 23, 2010
- Is Texas About To Execute Another Innocent Man?
State officials would rather kill a prisoner than give him a DNA test.
February 22, 2010
- Flashbangs Under Fire
It's time to stop using stun grenades during drug raids.
February 17, 2010
- That Other War
Reagan-era drug war rhetoric is still with us, and so is the accompanying collateral damage.
January 11, 2010
- Do Immigrants Make Cities Safer? The El Paso Miracle
How can a comparatively poor, high-immigration town that sits across the border from super-violent Ciudad Juarez be one of the safest big cities in America?
July 14, 2009
- I, Toaster
A British artist inadvertently brings Leonard Read's classic essay "I, Pencil" to life.*
June 24, 2009
- Conservation Theater
As green as an SUV tow truck
April 29, 2009
- What Michael Phelps Should Have Said
Smoking pot shouldn't be a crime. Or the public's business.
February 2, 2009
- Checkpoint Diego
Don't go near the border
January 27, 2009
- The Drug War's Collateral Damage
Drug prohibition militarizes our police, enriches our enemies, undermines our laws, and condemns our sick to suffering.
January 23, 2009
- Artifact: Transparency in Action
Secrets of the bailout
December 26, 2008
- Death by SWAT Raid
Collateral raid damage
December 5, 2008
- Corporatism, Not Capitalism
The free market has nothing to do with the current crisis
September 24, 2008
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