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As Troubles Mount, Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System is Primed for Overhaul

Thomas Lyons | July 18, 2017

USA Today-Wisconsin affiliates reported last week the number of inmates at the state’s two juvenile prisons have declined in the last two years.  The prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, have be...

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National Men’s Wearhouse Chain Helping Citizens Re-Enter Workforce Over Past Decade

Elain Ellerbe | July 17, 2017

Since 2004, Men’s Wearhouse, the national men’s clothing chain, has held their National Suit Drive all across the United States. As their website states, the program is to “assist at-risk men an...

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Failed Grand Jury Reform Proposals Must See Another Day

Greg Glod | July 13, 2017

This article by Greg Glod  originally appeared in Houston Chronicle on July 12, 2017. Many bills did not make it across the finish line in the regular legislative session, but two criminal jus...

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At Least I Can Cut Hair

Kurt Altman | July 12, 2017

He was handcuffed in the front of his body and before the U.S. Marshals took him out of the courtroom he was able to put his hands on my shoulder and say, “It’s ok.”  All I could do was look at...

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Dayton Daily News
Prisons’ High Cost Fuels Search for Alternatives -


Excessive costs associated with prison upkeep in Ohio has forced opposing political parties to agree an alternative to ‘more prisons’ is needed.


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Released From Prison But Locked Out of Work -

Too many formerly incarcerated individuals are getting held back from bettering their lives due to arbitrary occupational licensing laws.

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Houston Chronicle
Houston Judge Under Fire for Treatment of Pre-Trial Suspects -

The assumption that someone can afford an attorney if they can afford bail has led to unjust treatment of pre-trial suspects in Harris County, TX.

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The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Corrections Report Details “Overwhelmed” System -

Corrections costs are delivering crippling blows to Oklahoma’s state budget.

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Dallas Morning News
With Crime, Incarceration Rates Falling, Texas Closes Record Number of Lock-Ups -

Texas builds on a decade of successful criminal justice reform by signing up to close four prisons by September 1st.

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Gov. Malloy Signs Legislation Reforming the State’s Pretrial Justice System to Help Break the Cycle of Crime and Poverty -

Bail reform was signed into law in Connecticut to cut back on the number of non-violent, low-level offenders languishing in jail.

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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.