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Policy Analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito Joins ‘The Scott Adams Show’ to Discuss Criminal Records

Michael Haugen | June 21, 2016

In this interview, policy analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito joins "The Scott Adams Show" to discuss how the current administration is setting various policies regarding the use of criminal records for empl...

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn Talks Criminal Justice Reform at AEI

Michael Haugen | June 20, 2016

In a keynote address given at the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, co-sponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, discussed the efforts that many conservative...

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Tyler Morning Telegraph: Mandatory Sentences ‘Upend’ Separation of Powers

Michael Haugen | June 15, 2016

An editorial in the Tyler Morning Telegraph draws heavily from a new report released by Derek Cohen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation stating that sentencing enhancements—statutory provi­sions ...

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Texas’ Mandatory Sentencing Enhancements

Derek M. Cohen | June 14, 2016

A policy product of the general “get tough on crime” era, sentencing enhancements enjoyed a great deal of bipartisan political support during the early 1980s through the late 1990s. Sentencing enh...

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The Olympian
Criminal Justice Reform Protects All -

This editorial from “The Olympian” staff in Washington State explains that “it’s time to reform our criminal justice system and find smarter ways to protect the public from crime.”

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Kentucky Courier-Journal
Bevin Creates Criminal Justice Reform Panel -

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has launched a six-month study of the state’s justice system that seeks to curb stubbornly high—and increasing—recidivism rates, drug overdoses, and other problems.

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Detroit News
Senate Passes Smart Criminal Justice Reforms -

This editorial from Detroit News staff discusses a 22-bill criminal justice package that expands probation and parole, among other reforms.

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Haslam to Sign Criminal Justice Reform Package -

Governor Bill Haslam is expected to hold a ceremonial bill signing on package that includes bills related to criminal records, juvenile justice reform.

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Oklahoma Watch
New Front in Civil Forfeiture: Authorities Get Devices to Seize Funds Loaded to Prepaid Cards -

Oklahoma DPS has purchased several devices capable of seizing funds loaded on to prepaid debit cards to aid troopers in roadside seizures of suspected drug-trafficking proceeds.

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Wall Street Journal
Pushback Against Government Raids on Personal Property -

California lawmakers are on the cusp of passing reforms to rein in civil-asset forfeitures.

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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.