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Oklahoma Adopts Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms to Right-Size Prison System

Michael Haugen | April 29, 2016

Note: This article's headline has been changed since original publication. Facing the prospect of a budget shortfall of over a billion dollars, and having already tapped $27.5 million from the stat...

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Right on Crime Signatories Applaud Nebraska’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Kim Dusseldorp | April 28, 2016

Nebraska is the most recent state to require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can forfeit someone’s property. A thorough explanation of civil asset forfeiture, as well as specifics of th...

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Juvenile Justice Reform Gives Kids a Better Vision for their Future

Ken Harvey | April 20, 2016

I’m a lucky man. People may know me for my college and NFL career on the gridiron: I attended UC Berkeley and played for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins.  I was blessed by a career...

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Been Eliminated in the Cornhusker State

Michael Haugen | April 20, 2016

In a boon to innocent property owners in the Cornhusker State, Nebraska has become the 10th state in the country to require a criminal conviction in all or most cases before law enforcement agencies m...

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Iowa Lawmakers Approve ‘Significant’ Criminal Justice Reform -

“Motivated in part by stories from their districts, lawmakers successfully pushed the most significant criminal justice reform passed by the Legislature in years.”

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The Daily Signal
Republican Leaders Throw Weight Behind Prison Reform -

The Republican National Committee has adopted a resolution in support of reforming the nation’s criminal justice laws.

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Texas Tribune
Texas Cities See Crime Rates Dropping -

Urban crime rates are at historic lows nationwide, and in Texas they are still dropping, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.

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The Ledger Independent
Hawaii Lawmakers Look to Audit Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit -

Hawaii lawmakers want to know how often police are seizing people’s property and what happens with money they make from selling it.

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Kansas City Star
Gov. Sam Brownback Signs Bill to Overhaul Kansas Juvenile Justice System -

Reforms would divert more low-level juvenile offenders from detention and into vocational and therapy programs.

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NBC Washington
Maryland Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform -

The General Assembly on passed a comprehensive reform of Maryland’s criminal justice system, measure to increase police accountability.

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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.