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Felony Class Task Force off to an Interesting Start

Elain Ellerbe | September 22, 2017

At the initial meeting of the Louisiana Felony Class Task Force, all 12 task-force members or their designees were in attendance. This initial meeting was chaired by Supreme Court Justice Bernadette J...

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Drug Courts: Working Since 1989

Julie Warren | September 22, 2017

Drug courts burst onto the scene when the Eleventh Judicial District of Florida created the Miami-Dade County Drug Court in 1989. Since its inception, “thousands of people have taken this chance …...

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Lengthy Sentences are Not Making Communities Safer

Chelsea Murphy | September 22, 2017

Steal a cell phone or a car? Well in Florida, you just signed yourself up for a grand theft felony in both scenarios. That’s right, a cell phone or a car priced under $20,000 hold the same punishmen...

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Former Governor Mike Huckabee Joins Right on Crime

Right on Crime | September 21, 2017

Austin, TX — Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative leader committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest...

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Alaska Dispatch News
Juneau Takes a Novel Approach to Dealing with Chronic Shoplifters -

Mentoring and victim restitution are at the center of Alaska’s plan to decrease shoplifting.

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Northern Kentucky Tribune
Governor Bevin Participates in Prisoner Re-entry Summit in D.C. -

Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, shared his state’s success with apprenticeship programs at a White House meeting on criminal justice reform.

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Cato Institute
The Fiscal Pitch for State-Level Criminal Justice Reform -

Right on Crime signatory and Vice President of Policy for the James Madison Inst., Sal Nuzzo, spoke with Cato about fiscal savings that can be earned with criminal justice reform.

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Associated Press
Arizona Agency gets $3.1M from US to Combat Opioid Abuse -

In response to President Trump’s recent national emergency declaration for the opioid crisis, federal funding is being sent to states like Arizona is to prevent and treat addiction.

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Houston Chronicle
Texas Prison-Reentry Model a Focus of White House Reform Meeting -

Executive Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Brooke Rollins, participated in a round-table discussion on federal prison reform led by President Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner.

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R Street
The Key to Safer, Less Costly Jails? Reduce Pretrial Detention -

With pre-trial defendants driving jail population growth, Pima County is teaming up with the MacArthur Foundation to explore safe alternatives to incarceration for low level 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.