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A Perspective on Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams

Randy Petersen | June 28, 2019

SWAT teams are sometimes a necessity, and because of the nature of the incidents they are properly used for, team formation, training, and use should be required to meet a minimum standard throughout...

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HB 427: Price Tag Switching

Isabelle Paine | June 25, 2019

Proportionality is paramount to an effective criminal justice system, and the 86th Texas Legislature took a step forward this session by passing House Bill 427. Someone who attempts to fraudulently u...

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White House event: Second Chance Hiring

Right on Crime | June 17, 2019

Right on Crime's National Director of Reentry Initiatives, John Koufos, spoke with President Donald Trump on June 13 regarding second chance hiring. President Donald Trump has continued to advocate ...

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Community Supervision in Tennessee

Julie Warren | June 17, 2019

Reforms to Tennessee’s community supervision system—including to parole, probation, and community corrections—are necessary and can lead to improvements in the challenges of overcrowding and re...

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Reforming Criminal Justice Without Changing the Law -

CKI’s Jordan Richardson gives a TED talk on some innovative solutions that the general public can enact to improve the criminal justice system without ever changing the law.

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The Hill
Performance-Based Probation Funding is More Effective -

States across the country have shown that results-oriented funding to local probation departments spurs them to innovate or adopt new practices to reduce the likelihood of supervision failure and revocation to state lockups.

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The Washington Post
Study: Civil Asset Forfeiture Doesn’t Discourage Drug Use or Help Police Solve Crimes -

A forthcoming study by the Institute for Justice shows that asset forfeiture has no effect on deterring drug use – a common justification for the practice’s continued use.

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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 exciting advances are taking place at the state level. States are finding innovative 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 the map, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.