Jonathan Blanks

Jonathan Blanks

Research Associate
Cato Institute

Jonathan Blanks is a Research Associate in Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice and Managing Editor of His research is focused on law enforcement practices, overcriminalization, and civil liberties.

Blanks has appeared on various television, radio, and internet media including HuffPost Live and Voice of America. His work has been published in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Denver Post,Chicago Tribune, Capital Playbook (New York), Vice, Reason,,, and the Indianapolis Star, among others. In 2015, Blanks testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police accountability.

Blog Posts

“I Have a Dream,” 50 Years Later

Editor’s note: This piece was originally posted at on August 28th, 2013. Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered “I Have a Dream,” one of the most…