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Expungement: Helping People Move On

Right on Crime | April 21, 2017

This blog post, written by Julie Warren, originally appeared at the Beacon Center of Tennessee on April 21, 2017.   Most of us will sympathize with folks who have experienced certain rough spells ...

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Tony Perkins Makes Case for Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana

Katie Greer | April 20, 2017

Criminal justice reform could improve public safety while saving Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars. That was the message delivered at Tuesday's breakfast briefing jointly hosted by Right on Cr...

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Pre-Arrest and Pre-Booking Diversion and Mental Health in Policing

Right on Crime | April 19, 2017

Our senior policing researcher Randy Petersen considers the current state of research indicating that certain pre-booking or pre-arrest diversion programs show promise in reducing recidivism. [pdf-...

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Recording the Police

Right on Crime | April 19, 2017

In this new policy perspective, our policing expert Randy Petersen considers the myriad issues involved with the recording of law enforcement activities—from ensuring public safety during potentiall...

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The Advocate
Old ‘Lock ‘Em Up’ Mindset Hurting Louisiana Budget, Not Helping Crime Rate. -

Chairman of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, Stephen M. Gelé, points to Louisiana’s Southern neighbors to show the financial and public safety benefits of criminal justice reform.

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The Bismarck Tribune
Chief Justice Calls Corrections Reform ‘The Right Thing To Do’ -

North Dakota passed four pieces of corrections reform legislation seeking to reduce mandatory minimums, increase the use of probation, and tackle substance abuse.

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The Detroit News
Keep Working On Corrections Reform -

Michigan’s position of having one of the largest average prisoner length of stay in the U.S. could change if legislators pass the 18-bill package aimed at simplifying sentencing and reducing recidivism.

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Florida Politics
Ewan Watt, Jordan Richardson: Lessons in lockup — what Florida can learn from Texas -

Senior policy analyst of the Charles Koch Institute calls on Florida to adopt Texas’ case-by-case model for cost effective criminal justice reform.

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Fox News
Conservatives Embrace Bipartisan Justice Reform -

Our signatory Adam Brandon states that conservatives understand the balance between keeping communities safe and the American narrative that has always made room for new beginnings.

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Omaha World-Herald
Conservative Heavyweights Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist Join Effort to End Mandatory Minimums in Nebraska -

Backers of a bill to end mandatory prison terms for most Nebraska drug offenders have enlisted some national name-brand conservatives to endorse their effort.

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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.