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Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Bringing Major Civil Forfeiture Reform to Buckeye State

Michael Haugen | January 6, 2017

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature of House Bill 347, the Buckeye State has become the latest, and the first of the new year, to significantly restrain the ability of law enforcement to take...

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Oklahoma’s High Court Affirms Limitations on Sentencing Juvenile Offenders to Life in Prison

Right on Crime | December 16, 2016

This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. Recently, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court affirmed limitations on sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison...

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On Criminal Justice Reform, It’s Been State and Local Leaders Carrying the Torch

Michael Haugen | December 12, 2016

Recently, my colleague Haley Holik penned a timely piece concerning the knee-jerk fatalism among many justice reform advocates on the left that has attended the result of the presidential election, wi...

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New Prosecutorial Perspectives: A Framework for Effective Juvenile Justice

Derek M. Cohen | December 9, 2016

Prosecutors arguably are the most pivotal actors in the criminal justice system. The most potent decision point in the criminal justice process—whether or not to bring formal charges against an indi...

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Fox News
Rehab, Not Punishment Must Drive Prison System, Key Leaders Tell Panel -

Bipartisan panel of state, national elected officials state that an over-emphasis on punitive sanctions is poor strategy to apply to all offenders alike.

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2010 Law Saved South Carolina Taxpayers Almost $500 Million -

A comprehensive reform bill from 2010 is bearing fruit, as a recent report shows it has saved or deferred $500 million in costs, allowed closure of six prisons.

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Morality and Money: Criminal Justice Reform Takes A Step Forward in Oklahoma -

The moral and fiscal costs of an inefficient and wasteful justice system in Oklahoma are but two reasons to advance comprehensive reform.

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US News and World Report
Crime in Decline -

Innovative conservative solutions beyond mass incarceration are keeping crime rates low.

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Washington Times
As ‘Law and Order’ President, Trump Can Improve Criminal Justice for Everyone -

Here are three criminal justice policy changes enacted by several states recently that the new administration should pursue federally.

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The Advocate
Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Aims to Cut State’s Prison Population -

A growing bipartisan coalition is pushing a reform platform to cut prison populations, shift the offenders into alternate forms of punishment and rehabilitation.

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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.