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Despite Being ‘Innocent Owners’, Third Parties Still Feel Bite of Civil Forfeiture Laws

Michael Haugen | August 5, 2016

From over at Mississippi Watchdog comes another story whereby an innocent third-party property owner is finding themselves at the mercy of overly broad asset forfeiture laws—statutes intended to aid...

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Black Lives Matter—And So Does Black Liberty

Right on Crime | July 27, 2016

The following remarks are from a speech former Texas Governor and Right on Crime signatory Rick Perry delivered on July 27th at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting. I want to...

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Utah v. Strieff Doesn’t Give Cops License to Kill the Fourth

Greg Glod | July 25, 2016

This commentary originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 25th, 2016. "This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding ...

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Accuracy in Criminal Records

Right on Crime | July 22, 2016

In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, policy analyst Dianna Muldrow discusses the need for accuracy in criminal records, as a lack thereof can have adverse effects for ex-offenders ...

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Washington Post
Don’t Buy the Hype: The U.S. Is Not Experiencing A Terrible New Crime Wave -

Concerning the nation’s crime rates: while there have been increases in some cities, “Americans are still experiencing hard-won historic lows in crime.”

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The Federalist
Sharing Passwords Could Make Millions Of Citizens Criminals -

A new Ninth Circuit decision centered around a broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could criminalize millions for password sharing.

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Alaska Dispatch News
Rep. Reinbold Is Way Off Base In Criticism Of Criminal Justice Reform Law -

A forceful defense of Alaska’s justice reinvestment bill, which aims toimprove safety in communities, offer a chance at redemption, and utilize taxpayer resources more efficiently.

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Grant Creates Alternative to Jail for Opioid Offenders -

New pilot program in Maryland totest an alternative to jail for those convicted of nonviolent crimes linked to heroin or opioid addiction.

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Libertas Institute
New Report Shows Why Utah Police and Prosecutors are Taking Property -

A recent Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice report details how civil forfeiture is utilized in the state.

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Deseret News
Legalized Theft Needs Statewide Reform -

A sizeable majority of Utah voters are unaware that government can take and keep property without securing criminal convictions, a new poll states.

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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.