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America and Drug Abuse: Was Richard Nixon On To Something?

Julie Warren | February 21, 2020

President Richard Nixon originated the idea of a “war on drugs” in a 1971 letter to Congress (at least that is the widely accepted view). His declaration of “war” certainly resonated. In fact,...

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Yes, Drug Courts Are Working in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2020

In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, passed ten reforms (sponsored by six republicans, two democrats, and one independent) supported by data and aimed at safely re...

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A Coalition Letter of Support for ‘Meaningful Sentencing and Prison Reforms’ in Florida

Right on Crime | February 11, 2020

In a new letter to Florida lawmakers, a broad coalition of conservative organizations encourage the House of Representatives to improve Florida’s sentencing laws, including restoring judicial di...

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INTERVIEW: TPPF’s Alice Marie Johnson Talks Being Released From Prison, Criminal Justice Reform With Sean Hannity

Right on Crime | February 5, 2020

The Texas Public Policy Foundation's new senior fellow Alice Marie Johnson joins Sean Hannity's program to discuss mentoring other inmates while in prison and being released after receiving clemency f...

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March 5, 2020
Employer Engagement Forum – Alexandria -

Join us at Central Louisiana Technical Community College for a panel discussion for employers to learn about the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated and persons with criminal backgrounds.

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Houston Courant
Pretrial Release: The System As-Is Needs Work -

Hard reality dictates that no bail system will be perfect, but risk-informed ones are a far more serious endeavor in terms of realizing the public’s shared desires.

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Deseret News
Driver’s Licenses Are Necessary. Stop Suspending Them -

Driver’s license suspensions make itmore difficult for people to pay off their fines. So stop suspending them.

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Washington Post
Human Reclamation Through Bricklaying -

The recidivism rate among formerly incarcerated Pennsylvanians is around 43 percent, but among former trainees in one workforce program, it is 9 percent. George Will on how bricklaying and the other trades can confer dignity.

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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.