Join Atlas Network for a Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 4, where we'll celebrate the lives changed by The Buckeye Institute's successful efforts to reform the criminal justice system in Ohio and hear from Buckeye's President and CEO Robert Alt. This event will be moderated by Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips.

The Buckeye Institute, winner of the 2018 North America Liberty Award, is endeavoring to fix a broken criminal justice system, law by law — and it is succeeding. This small think tank in Ohio has been relentless in its quest to protect the rights of the accused and to save Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars.

Buckeye’s efforts have blazed a trail to reverse Ohio’s growth trend in incarceration by shrinking the state’s prison population to below 50,000, dramatically slashing the recidivism rate from 40 to 27 percent, reducing prison admissions by nearly 10 percent, expanding opportunities for thousands of people leaving prison, and redirecting $40 million to Ohio communities for the treatment of addiction and mental health issues. As a result, Ohio’s prison admissions rate has now hit a 27-year low and a prison that was projected to cost $1 billion to build was scrapped.

The Buckeye Institute was a 2018 Templeton Freedom Award finalist, and is the inaugural winner of Atlas Network's North America Liberty Award. Read more about Buckeye's criminal justice reform work here.

This event is a part of our Global Policy Perspectives event series. Dress is business casual and drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Robert Alt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Buckeye Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees. Alt’s leadership has been the catalyst for The Buckeye Institute’s exponential growth since he took the organization’s helm in 2012. He has since founded The Buckeye Institute’s esteemed Economic Research Center and Legal Center. He is a frequent speaker at universities and law schools across the country, and has provided commentary on CNN, Fox News, PBS and numerous syndicated radio programs. Prior to heading The Buckeye Institute, Alt was a director in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies under former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III. In 2004, Alt spent five months in Iraq as a war correspondent. Alt has testified before Congress multiple times—including at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan— and before numerous state legislatures and committees. Alt previously taught national security law, criminal law, and legislation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, as well as constitutional law and political parties and interest groups at Ashland University. Alt earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was symposium editor and the winner of the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy as well as research assistant to renowned Law Professor Richard Epstein. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alt graduated with his B.A. in political science and philosophy magna cum laude from Azusa Pacific University where he won the Outstanding Senior Award in Political Science. Alt is an accomplished mountaineer, and is currently training to ascend his third of the Seven Summits of the world (the tallest mountain on each continent).

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