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School Discipline in Texas: Past, Present, and Future

Right on Crime | August 30, 2016

In this new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, our analyst Dianna Muldrow examines school discipline practices in Texas, arguing that despite recent improvements—such as decriminali...

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Don’t Mess With Texas’ Crime Statistics

Right on Crime | August 29, 2016

This commentary, written by Chuck DeVore and Randy Petersen, originally appeared in Real Clear Policy on August 17, 2016. In a recent Real Clear Policy article, Sean Kennedy examines Texas’ vi...

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Despite Being ‘Innocent Owners’, Third Parties Still Feel Bite of Civil Forfeiture Laws

Michael Haugen | August 5, 2016

From over at Mississippi Watchdog comes another story whereby an innocent third-party property owner is finding themselves at the mercy of overly broad asset forfeiture laws—statutes intended to aid...

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Black Lives Matter—And So Does Black Liberty

Right on Crime | July 27, 2016

The following remarks are from a speech former Texas Governor and Right on Crime signatory Rick Perry delivered on July 27th at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting. I want to...

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Penn Live
When It Comes To Civil Asset Forfeiture, We Have No Constitutional Rights -

Hough: “Shouldn’t law enforcement be chasing major drug dealers and their property instead of subjecting low-level offenders and innocent citizens to forfeiture procedures? “

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Newnan Times-herald
Lower the Hurdles to Economic Opportunity for Georgians -

Dodd: Various fines, fees, and surcharges—while necessary for restitution—threaten to bury ex-offenders, handicap their ability to become productive citizens.

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Fox Illinois
More Criminal Justice Reform Means More Can Move Forward -

A new law passed by Illinois Gov. Bill Rauner allows certain non-violent ex-felons to receive a waiver to obtain licensure in healthcare-related occupations.

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Washington Post
Don’t Buy the Hype: The U.S. Is Not Experiencing A Terrible New Crime Wave -

Concerning the nation’s crime rates: while there have been increases in some cities, “Americans are still experiencing hard-won historic lows in crime.”

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The Federalist
Sharing Passwords Could Make Millions Of Citizens Criminals -

A new Ninth Circuit decision centered around a broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could criminalize millions for password sharing.

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Alaska Dispatch News
Rep. Reinbold Is Way Off Base In Criticism Of Criminal Justice Reform Law -

A forceful defense of Alaska’s justice reinvestment bill, which aims toimprove safety in communities, offer a chance at redemption, and utilize taxpayer resources more efficiently.

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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.