The conservative approach to criminal justice:
fighting crime, supporting victims, and protecting taxpayers.

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Bipartisan SB 443 Aims For Sweeping Reforms To Civil Asset Forfeiture In The Golden State

Michael Haugen | August 25, 2015

On Saturday last, Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, wrote a column for the Sacramento Bee discussing the state of civil asset forfeiture prac...

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Michigan One Step Closer To Major Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 21, 2015

Michigan is another step closer to making major reforms to its civil asset forfeiture laws. The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved several measures that makes civil asset forfeit...

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Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Announces Hearings To Investigate Jail Safety Practices

Michael Haugen | August 19, 2015

In a press conference yesterday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. John Whitmire announced an expedited hearing schedule for the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which will be tasked with in...

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Illinois’ Stubbornly High Recidivism Rate, And A Lesson From Texas

Michael Haugen | August 13, 2015

In a new Huffington Post column yesterday, Hilary Gowins points out that Illinois has been lagging behind other states recently in its inability to roll back a stubbornly high recidivism rate. With ne...

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Cibola County Beacon
New Mexico Voters May Decide Bail Reform -

Potential bail reforms includepre-trial risk assessments for defendants, pre-trial supervision and monitoring,and use of criminal citations.

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Lancaster Online
Civil Forfeiture Reform Bill Stuck In State Committee -

A bill in the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee would require criminal conviction prior to forfeiture, divert proceeds to general funds.

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Columbus Dispatch
Packing Prisons Not The Answer, Lawmakers Told -

Republican state lawmakers from across the country told that “tough on crime” must be replaced by a smarter approach to criminal justice.

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CNN Opinion
After Arrest, I Was Fortunate, But Too Many Are Not -

We should support officials in both parties seeking to end focus on incarceration.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia: What’s Up Next? -

Some low-level drug offenders left out of a new criminal justice reform law mayget relief next year.

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Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska Moves Toward Justice System Overhaul With Results Of Data Analysis -

If nothing changes, the prison population in Alaska is projected to grow another 27 percent by 2024, costing at least $169 million.

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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.