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Accuracy in Criminal Records

Right on Crime | July 22, 2016

In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, policy analyst Dianna Muldrow discusses the need for accuracy in criminal records, as a lack thereof can have adverse effects for ex-offenders ...

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Right on Crime Statement on Law Enforcement and GOP Embrace of Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Marc Levin | July 19, 2016

As the nation’s leading conservative criminal justice reform organization, Right on Crime wishes to extend its condolences to all those affected by anti-police violence.  Violence against law enfor...

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Author Steven Teles Discusses Genesis of Conservative Justice Reform Efforts on ‘The Federalist Radio Hour’

Michael Haugen | July 12, 2016

In this edition of the 'The Federalist Radio Hour,' senior writer Mary Katherine Ham interviews Steven Teles, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and author of Priso...

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#JusticeForAll: How Criminal Justice Reform Is Quickly Becoming A Costly, Big Government Issue

Right on Crime | June 30, 2016

This commentary, written by Brandon Morse, originally appeared at RedState on June 29th, 2016. I was recently invited to DC to take part in a get together on criminal justice reform, sponsored by F...

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Braid-xit: Braiding Hair No Longer A Crime In Iowa -

With the signature of a new law that took effect earlier this month, hair braiding is no longer a jailable offense in Iowa.

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Real Clear Politics
GOP Governors Push for Criminal Justice Reform -

Three conservative governors take the reins to advance needed—and proven—criminal justice reforms in their states.

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The Olympian
Criminal Justice Reform Protects All -

This editorial from “The Olympian” staff in Washington State explains that “it’s time to reform our criminal justice system and find smarter ways to protect the public from crime.”

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Kentucky Courier-Journal
Bevin Creates Criminal Justice Reform Panel -

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has launched a six-month study of the state’s justice system that seeks to curb stubbornly high—and increasing—recidivism rates, drug overdoses, and other problems.

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Detroit News
Senate Passes Smart Criminal Justice Reforms -

This editorial from Detroit News staff discusses a 22-bill criminal justice package that expands probation and parole, among other reforms.

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Haslam to Sign Criminal Justice Reform Package -

Governor Bill Haslam is expected to hold a ceremonial bill signing on package that includes bills related to criminal records, juvenile justice reform.

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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.