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Podcast: America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported

Right on Crime | August 21, 2017

Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation spoke on The Lars Larson Show about the shocking findings from a University of Virginia study: America’s ...

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More Teens Are Dying from Drug Overdose

Julie Warren | August 21, 2017

Just this week, the National Center for Health Statistics published a study that found a 3.7 increase from 2014 to 2015 in the drug overdose death rate for adolescent teens.  The study reports that ...

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Smart Electronic Monitoring Leads to Real Savings

Thomas Lyons | August 21, 2017

When Sheriff Dave Mahoney of Dane County was first elected in 2006, he noticed a problem.  The county was paying to house inmates in other counties because of the lack of capacity in the local jail....

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Nothing Civil About Asset Forfeiture in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | August 16, 2017

Last year, in one of the most inclusive studies on the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture, the Institute for Justice (IJ) released its second version of Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil As...

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Conservative Shifts on Prison Reform After Serving Time Behind Bars -

Right on Crime Signatory, Pat Nolan of the American Conservative Union Foundation, shared his personal story of incarceration and why Americans aren’t getting the public safety they’re paying for.

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Lowell Sun
Misdemeanor Ticketing Bill Would Give Police Flexibility, Senator Says -

Decriminalization could come to Boston as legislators consider adopt Florida’s model of replacing criminal charges with civil citation for certain nonviolent offenses.


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The Register-Guard
To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders -

States are getting smarter on crime by shifting the focus from solely punishment to rehabilitation – which reduces the likelihood that someone will re-offend.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent -

FreedomWorks, a partner of Right on Crime, shared a shocking statistic for civil asset forfeiture, “The United States Government seized more from private citizens than burglars in 2014.”

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Washington Post
Trump says Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency, Pledges More Money and Attention -

After recent findings from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a National Emergency.

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Chicago Tribune
Could this Court be the Future of Criminal Justice in Illinois? -

A Chicago court is adopting a restorative justice model to bring greater outcomes to victims – while supporting prison alternatives for nonviolent offenders.

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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.