Jonathan Blanks is a Research Associate in the Cato Institute’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 PostThe New RepublicDenver PostChicago Tribune, Capital Playbook (New York), ViceReason,,, and the Indianapolis Star, among others. In 2015, Blanks testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police accountability.

Blanks is a graduate of Indiana University.