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Partners in Hope: A Journey of Second Chances

Right on Crime | November 15, 2018

This post originally appeared as a press release at the Badger Institute, our SPN partner in Wisconsin, on November 14, 2018. Imagine a prisoner reentry program where the mentors include an FBI age...

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Right on Crime Applauds President Trump for Supporting Meaningful Prison Reform

Right on Crime | November 14, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, President Donald J. Trump expressed his support for the seminal prison reform legislation, the First Step Act. If passed, it would increase public safety, provide reentry pro...

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Now Is the Time to Pass “First Step Act”

Right on Crime | November 12, 2018

This commentary, written by our signatory J.C. Watts, originally appeared at The Oklahoman on November 11, 2018. You would expect that in the face of midterm elections, the Brett Kavanaugh con...

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Florida Bar Pretrial Panel Update

Chelsea Murphy | November 9, 2018

The Florida Bar’s first-ever Criminal Justice Summit brought together a diverse group of leaders to provide in-depth education and discussion on key criminal justice issues. Attendees shared ideas a...

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Oct 29
Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee -

Join Right on Crime and Belmont University College of Law in examining the evolving issue of criminal justice reform and what can be learned from other states like Kentucky. The discussion will include aspecial focus on pretrial and sentencing reform. Lunch is provided and the event has been approved for CLE credit.

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Nearly 400 people in Wayne County who were never charged with a crime still lost property -

Michigan is in desperate need of civil asset forfeiture reform, a tool that allows government agencies to take and keep property under mere suspicion of criminal activity.

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Governor Wolf signs bipartisan criminal justice reform bills into law -

Pennsylvania is building on recent reforms that reduce barriers to employment with Act 95, which ends driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.

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Trump’s comments could improve the prospects for federal prison reform -

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the FIRST STEP Act after midterm elections thanks in part to the president’s ongoing push for prison reform.

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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.