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Criminal justice experts weigh in on potential GOP party platform planks

Katie Greer | June 11, 2018

The Texas Republican Party is considering a number of potential platform planks involving criminal justice reform. Just Liberty’s Scott Henson spoke with Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen, and sev...

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Now hiring! Join Right on Crime

Right on Crime | June 7, 2018

  Right on Crime is expanding, and there has truly never been a more exciting time to join our team. As a national initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, we've helped pass conservat...

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America’s sheriffs should support the FIRST STEP Act

Currie Myers | June 7, 2018

This article by retired sheriff Currie Myers originally appeared in Real Clear Policy June 7th, 2018. The FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) was passed by the House of Representatives on May 22, and the S...

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Mental illness should not be a crime

Elain Ellerbe | June 6, 2018

A recent exposé by Reuters on inmate deaths at the East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR) Jail comes as no surprise to this life-long resident of the parish.  For many years, the EBR Jail has been fraught wi...

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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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Huckabee talks criminal justice reform -

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shares his insight on how treatment and faith-based programs can transform lives.

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US Customs took $58K from an American citizen without charging him with a crime -

Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to take cash and property without a criminal conviction. Former police officer and senior researcher Randy Petersen says “This case points out that the problem is not an abuse of the system, but the system itself.”

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Cohen: Left opposing bill for what’s not in it -

Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen cautions FIRST STEP Act dissenters that the all or nothing mentalityis a “tough sell” to families that have to drive more than 500 miles to see incarcerated relatives.

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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.