The conservative approach to criminal justice:
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Counting Criminal Justice to Save Money and Improve Public Safety

Right on Crime | May 24, 2017

This article by Chelsea Murphy, Florida director at Right on Crime, and Richard Doran, former attorney general of Florida, originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times on May 23, 2017. Here's an idea: ...

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Opioid Addictions Won’t be Cured by Tough Sentences

Katie Greer | May 23, 2017

This article by Right on Crime signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on May 22, 2017. One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campa...

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A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be too easy to take that fo...

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Bail Reform: Smart Choice for Taxpayers and Public Safety

Marc Levin | May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in TribTalk on May 19, 2017. On any given day, there are more than 400,000 Americans sitting in jails around the country who haven’t been convicted of committing ...

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The Hill
It’s Time to Rethink Prisoner Re-Entry -

FreedomWorks’ director of public policy, Jason Pye, points to criminal justice reform as common ground for Americans from all parts of the political spectrum.

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Houston Chronicle
‘Second Chance’ Bill gets Final OK in Texas Senate -

The Texas Senate voted 28-3 to pass legislation that will help those who’ve committed minor, non-violent offenses apply for jobs.

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Carolina Journal
Debate Highlights Flaws in N.C. Criminal Code -

North Carolina state rep inspired a floor debate on the state’s criminal code by citing
flaws and failures within themisdemeanor class system.

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Washington Post
Louisiana, Nation’s Biggest Jailer, is Poised to Overhaul Criminal Sentencing Laws -

Bill related to nonviolent offenders will save Louisiana taxpayers $262 million over the next decade if pass this legislative session.

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New York Times
States Trim Penalties and Prison Rolls, Even as Sessions Gets Tough -

Right on Crime director, Marc Levin, provided insight on the significant impact of state-led criminal justice reform: “There have been so many successes in the last several years, particularly in conservative states, that it continues to fuel other states to act.”

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The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Right to Commute Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Some Drug Offenders -

The Oklahoman Editorial Board released their opinion on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to enact ‘Smart on Crime’ reforms to the state’s prison sentencing.

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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.