Vittorio Nastasi is the director of criminal justice policy at Reason Foundation.
Nastasi works on criminal justice reform, healthcare regulation, occupational licensing, and environmental policy issues at Reason Foundation.
His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Palm Beach Post, and Tallahassee Democrat, among others.
Prior to joining Reason, Nastasi worked with the James Madison Institute and the DeVoe L. Moore Center focusing on land-use regulation, occupational licensing, and criminal justice reform.
Nastasi graduated from Florida State University with bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science.
He is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
Fines and fees: Consequences and opportunities for reform
The use of fines and fees to directly fund courts, law enforcement agencies, or other government activities can result in undesirable conflicts of interest.
Innovators in Action: James Small, public safety director of Palmyra, Wisconsin
In the time Small has served in this role, the property crime rate has plummeted by 88% to just over five property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Florida must stop relying on taxation by citation
No program or agency should be specifically funded by fines and fees revenue.
As inflation rises, incarcerated people are paid less than 63 cents per hour for labor
Commissary prices may rise with inflation, but the wages paid to prisoners are rarely increased.
Properly designed impact fees could help Wakulla County accommodate population growth
Impact fees can effectively offset the need to raise additional revenue from other fees and taxes, such as property taxes.
How text messages could help California reduce parole and probation violations
Text message reminders for parole and probation meetings are an easy and inexpensive way to help people stay on track and reduce recidivism.
How text message reminders can help reduce technical parole and probation violations
This report's findings suggest that sending text message reminders for scheduled appointments could reduce canceled and missed parole and probation appointments by as much as 21% and 29%, respectively.
The SAFE-T Act’s impact on cash bail in Illinois
There is ample evidence that even short periods of pretrial detention can result in lost employment, severed social ties, a greater risk of conviction, and an increased likelihood of future criminal involvement.
Occupational licensing undermines some of the value of technological innovation
The share of U.S. workers required to hold an occupational license has exploded from around 5% in 1950 to 25% in 2020.