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Right on Crime Applauds House Passage of FIRST STEP Act

Right on Crime | May 22, 2018

Austin, TX — The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (H.R. 5682) by a vote of 360-59...

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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program promotes safety

Currie Myers | May 21, 2018

Ask any sheriff about the issues associated with jail management and you’ll learn about four major issues: safety of the facility, special needs housing, rising costs of psychotropic medicines, and ...

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President Trump urges Congress to pass prison reform at White House summit

Katie Greer | May 18, 2018

President Trump signaled that he would sign prison reform legislation if Congress sends it to his desk during Friday’s White House Prison Reform Summit: “My administration strongly supports the...

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Right on Crime praises White House for championing prison reform

Right on Crime | May 18, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, The White House hosted a prison reform summit, bringing together leaders from across the country in the prison reform movement for a conversation about the importance of prison r...

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May 7th
Watch: Winning the fight for fairness -

Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen weighed in on Illinois’ recent criminal justice reform at the Illinois Policy Institute’s event.

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House pushes ahead with White House-backed prison legislation -

The U.S. House passed the FIRST STEP Act, a bill that incentivizes rehabilitation through “earned time” credits, by a vote of 360-59.

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Dallas Morning News
Cornyn’s bill to shrink the prison population will reduce crime and costs -

Federal legislation, the FIRST STEP Act, is based on Texas prison reforms that emphasize rehabilitation through workforce and treatment programs.

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Houston Chronicle
Trump pushes for prison reform bill modeled on Texas -

At a White House summit on prison reform, President Trump urged Congress to make improvements to reentry programs that have delivered safer streets throughout the states.

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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.