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A Rising Chorus of Texas Leaders Calling for Reform of Excessive Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

Right on Crime | March 20, 2017

This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. In Texas, revenue from fines such as parking or traffic violations generated over $1 billion dollars for the state. So...

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Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Recommendations for Criminal Justice Reform Released Today

Elain Ellerbe | March 16, 2017

After 10 months of digging into the drivers of Louisiana’s worst ranked prison population by rate, the bi-partisan Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force rolled out its recommendations at a well-...

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A Cost Analysis for Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Texas

Right on Crime | March 14, 2017

Texas' House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues recently heard testimony from stakeholders and the public on House Bill 122, a bill which would "raise the age" of criminal responsibility...

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How the Sunshine State Can Shine on Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | March 14, 2017

This essay, written by Marc Levin of Right on Crime and Vikrant Reddy of the Charles Koch Institute, originally appeared in the James Madison Institute's Spring edition of "The Journal." Flori...

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The New York Times
Even in Texas, Mass Imprisonment Is Going Out of Style -

A decade of conservative criminal justice reforms in Texas are the topic of this New York Times op-ed, which have improved public safety and expanded alternatives to imprisonment.

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Gov. Bevin Unveils Major Criminal Justice Reform Bill -

A bipartisan group led by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has unveiled a major criminal justice reform billdesigned to help people with criminal records stay out of jail, and get back to work.

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Detroit Free Press
Criminal Justice Reform Bills Are First to Pass in 2017 -

A 21-bill package became the first proposals to get action in the Michigan Senate, with nearly all of the bills receiving unanimous support.

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The Hill
How Faith Can Curb Recidivism -

Recidivism-reduction programs operated by faith groups have proven to be some of the most effective methods of stopping the revolving door of jails and prisons.

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Washington Examiner
Goodlatte ‘Committed’ to Criminal Justice Reform -

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said criminal justice reform remains a top agenda item for the new Congress.

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Illinois Times
Criminal Justice Reform Report Lands on Rauner’s Desk -

Illinois’Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform has presented its final report to Gov. Rauner on sweeping reforms to the state’s justice system.

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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 excitingadvances are taking place at the state level. States are findinginnovative 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 themap, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity tocut corrections costs and keep the public safe.