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Right on Crime Commends Leader McConnell for Taking up the First Step Act

Right on Crime | December 11, 2018

First Step Act Would Bring About Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will bring the First Step Act to...

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No Need to Wait, Law Enforcement Already Supports First Step Act

Randy Petersen | December 7, 2018

The First Step Act is coming up against the clock.  For everyone observing its evolution into the largest criminal justice reform package in a generation and its growing bipartisan support, falling s...

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There’s No Confusion Here

Right on Crime | December 4, 2018

This blog post, co-written by Joe Luppino-Esposito of the Due Process Institute and John Koufos of Right on Crime, originally appeared at the Due Process Institute blog on Dec. 4, 2018. The latest ...

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Prison Reform: Major Achievement for President Trump

Right on Crime | November 19, 2018

This commentary, written by our signatory Ken Blackwell, originally appeared at Townhall on Nov. 18, 2018. The FIRST STEP Act is the beginning of a transformation of America’s federal criminal-ju...

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EVENTS

Oct 29
Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee -

Join Right on Crime and Belmont University College of Law in examining the evolving issue of criminal justice reform and what can be learned from other states like Kentucky. The discussion will include aspecial focus on pretrial and sentencing reform. Lunch is provided and the event has been approved for CLE credit.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM NEWS

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Nearly 400 people in Wayne County who were never charged with a crime still lost property -

Michigan is in desperate need of civil asset forfeiture reform, a tool that allows government agencies to take and keep property under mere suspicion of criminal activity.

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Governor Wolf signs bipartisan criminal justice reform bills into law -

Pennsylvania is building on recent reforms that reduce barriers to employment with Act 95, which ends driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.

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Trump’s comments could improve the prospects for federal prison reform -

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the FIRST STEP Act after midterm elections thanks in part to the president’s ongoing push for prison reform.

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Right on Crime is a national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money. By sharing research and policy ideas and mobilizing strong conservative voices, we work to raise awareness of the growing support for effective reforms within the conservative movement. We are transforming the debate on criminal justice in America.

Criminal Justice Reform in the States

In the world of conservative criminal justice reform, the most exciting advances are taking place at the state level. States are finding innovative ways to increase public safety while trimming burdensome corrections costs. Every state is different, and thus every state is finding unique solutions. All of the red states on the map, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.

See REFORM IN ACTION: STATE INITIATIVES

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