The conservative approach to criminal justice:
fighting crime, supporting victims, and protecting taxpayers.

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Federal Criminal Justice Reform is Long Overdue

Ken Blackwell | July 24, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner's statement last Thursday calling for criminal justice reform was a welcome cap to a week of bipartisan and inter-branch voices calling for reform of our federal prison syst...

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Juvenile Justice Victories and Continued Effort

Dianna Muldrow | July 24, 2015

On May 25, Nevada joined thirteen other states and prohibited the sentencing of juveniles to life without the possibility of parole. This is part of the growing trend reaffirming the inherent differen...

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Pat Nolan Discusses Drug Rehab Programs, Justice Reform Legislation on “The Jimmy Barrett Show”

Right on Crime | July 20, 2015

Last Friday, Right on Crime Senior Fellow Pat Nolan appeared on "The Jimmy Barrett Show" to discuss various aspects of the criminal justice system across the country, innovative reforms that states ha...

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“Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act” Would Exempt Restitution Awards From Federal Taxation

Michael Haugen | July 17, 2015

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Rep. John Larson (D-CT) introduced H.R. 4241, a bill to "amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax benefits to individuals who have been...

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New York Times
Ruining Lives With Criminal ‘Justice’ -

Lawmakers should begin the process of identifying, reforming laws that have made America such an over-criminalized country.

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New York Times
Bipartisan Push Builds to Relax Sentencing Laws -

Congress seems poised to revise four decades of federal policy that greatly expanded the number of Americans who are incarcerated.

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Michigan’s Forfeiture Laws Must Change To Protect The Innocent -

Reforms are working through the Michigan Legislature to offer more protections for innocent property owners.

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Seattle Times
Legislature Needs To Escape Traditional Thinking On Criminal Justice Policy -

Editorial calls for reform to “flawed” sentencing laws for property crimes, and continuing Justice Reinvestment initiative in the Evergreen State.

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Daily Signal
How a Government Prosecutor Got Away With Seizing a Home to Live In -

Last week, a review of Oklahoma auditsbrought to lightmajor discrepancies in the state’s civil forfeiture operations.

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Daily Signal
Two Business Owners Fight the IRS to Get Their Seized Money Back -

The owner of a convenience store in Greenville, N.C., Quran works seven days a week with little opportunity for vacation, and has been since he first arrived in the United States in 1997.

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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.