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Nothing Civil About Asset Forfeiture in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | August 16, 2017

Last year, in one of the most inclusive studies on the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture, the Institute for Justice (IJ) released its second version of Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil As...

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Right on Crime Attends 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston

Chelsea Murphy | August 16, 2017

This past week, Right on Crime had the honor to attend the National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) in Boston, Massachusetts. Every summer, thousands of legislators and staff come together for...

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Opioid Crisis Declared a National Emergency

Julie Warren | August 15, 2017

On August 10th, President Trump announced that the opioid epidemic had risen to the level of a national emergency.  In making his remarks, President Trump vowed to “spend a lot of time, a lot of ef...

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Employment is Key to Reentry Success

Elain Ellerbe | August 10, 2017

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, approximately one in three adults in the US have a criminal record, and men with criminal records account for about 34 percent of all nonworking men ages...

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The Register-Guard
To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders -

States are getting smarter on crime by shifting the focus from solely punishment to rehabilitation – which reduces the likelihood that someone will re-offend.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent -

FreedomWorks, a partner of Right on Crime, shared a shocking statistic for civil asset forfeiture, “The United States Government seized more from private citizens than burglars in 2014.”

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Washington Post
Trump says Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency, Pledges More Money and Attention -

After recent findings from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a National Emergency.

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Chicago Tribune
Could this Court be the Future of Criminal Justice in Illinois? -

A Chicago court is adopting a restorative justice model to bring greater outcomes to victims – while supporting prison alternatives for nonviolent offenders.

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Bush Advocates To Trump: Declare Emergency On Opioid Crisis Now -

Right on Crime Signatory and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, advocates for a national emergency declaration in response to the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ recent report.

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Gov. Fallin’s Rising Profile on Criminal Justice Reform -

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin continues to promote criminal justice reform that was inspired by the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative – legislation spearheaded by Right on Crime Signatory
and former Republican House Speaker Kris Steele.

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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.