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Nathanael Ferguson: Criminal Justice Reform Is A ‘Moral Imperative’

Michael Haugen | May 13, 2016

In a new column over at Ricochet, Nathanael Ferguson, executive director of Texas Action, takes umbrage with recent suggestions that criminal justice reform is “misguided,” instead saying that the...

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Alaska’s Senate Bill 91 Draws On A Decade of Conservative Criminal Justice Reforms

Michael Haugen | May 9, 2016

Facing the prospect of a projected 27% increase to its prison population in the next ten years—at an additional cost to taxpayers of $169 million—Alaskan legislators are on the verge of passing Se...

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South Carolina and Louisiana Make Progress on ‘Raise the Age’ Legislation

Michael Haugen | May 9, 2016

If recent legislative progress is any indication, two more states—South Carolina and Louisiana—are poised to “raise the age” at which criminal cases involving juvenile offenders could be tried...

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In Tennessee, Occupational Licensing Laws Are Criminalizing Hair Shampooing

Michael Haugen | May 6, 2016

In a new column over at Forbes, Nick Sibilla from the Institute for Justice (IJ) details the case of Tammy Pritchard, whose attempt to earn a better living as a part-time shampooer in a friend’s bea...

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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.