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Criminal Justice Reform Summit | Austin, TX

Katie Greer | June 14, 2017

Think tank leaders and reform advocates from all over the country traveled to Austin on June 7 to gain insight on major issues affecting the criminal justice movement at the Right on Crime Criminal Ju...

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Counting Criminal Justice to Save Money and Improve Public Safety

Right on Crime | May 24, 2017

This article by Chelsea Murphy, Florida director at Right on Crime, and Richard Doran, former attorney general of Florida, originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times on May 23, 2017. Here's an idea: ...

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Opioid Addictions Won’t be Cured by Tough Sentences

Right on Crime | May 23, 2017

This article by Right on Crime signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on May 22, 2017. One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campa...

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A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be too easy to take that fo...

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The Hill
The State can Enforce The Law, but It’s Up To Us To Restore People and Communities -

Prison Fellowship President and CEO, James J. Ackerman, launched the Justice Declaration as a means for garnering Christian attention to crime as ‘a moral issue.’


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The Gilmer Mirror
Governor Abbott Signs Lifesaving Drunk Driving Law -

First-time drunk drivers who successfully complete court conditions may now apply for non-disclosure in Texas.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Analysis Finds No Relationship Between Drug Imprisonment and Drug Problems -

Pew wrote a letter to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, laying out the argument for turning away from ineffective, onerous prison sentencing.

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MassInc Polling Group
Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences Costly Mistake -

As the Massachusetts legislature considers legislation that would eliminate mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses, MassInc points to data that suggests mandatory minimums are more costly than beneficial.

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Washington Post
Among This Year’s Proud College Graduates: Maximum-Security Prison Inmates -

George Will published an op-ed in Washington post with a strong case for granting access to higher education for prison inmates as a means for reducing recidivism and transforming lives.

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WWL First News
Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana? -

Right on Crime Manager for State Initiatives, Greg Glod, spoke withTommy Tucker of WWL First News about the conservative case for criminal justice 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 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.