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Perspective: The True Cost of Inadequate Community Reintegration of State Jail Offenders in Texas

Right on Crime | May 29, 2015

In a new policy perspective published at the Texas Public Policy Foundation today, some of the consequences of ineffectively reintegrating offenders back into society upon completion of their sentence...

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Report: Local Jails Have Significant Costs That Must Be Accurately Stated Before Pursuing Reforms

Michael Haugen | May 29, 2015

In the last decade, much attention has been brought forth about the burgeoning state of our nation’s various justice systems. Lawmakers, communities, and other interested parties have recognized tha...

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With Passage of AB 267, Nevada Has Abolished Life Without Parole Sentences For Juveniles

Michael Haugen | May 27, 2015

With the signature of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada passed legislation on Monday to become the 13th state to abolish a life without the possibility of parole sentence for juvenile offenders. Assembly...

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Right On Crime Seeks To Improve The Criminal Justice System In Its Entirety

Michael Haugen | May 20, 2015

In a new column for The New Republic released on Monday, Stephen Lurie correctly acknowledges that our sprawling criminal justice system has recently enjoyed widespread attention from lawmakers and po...

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The New York Times
Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto -

Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty.

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New York Daily News
New York Gov. Cuomo: It’s Time To Raise The Age Of Criminal Responsibility -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on efforts in New York to raise the age of criminal responsibility for most crimes to 18.

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How To Restore Trust In Our Criminal Justice System -

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, discusses the successful Texan model of criminal justice reform, and highlights the federal CORRECTIONS Act.

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20 Jails Receive MacArthur Grants to Reform Criminal Justice System -

Jails will receive the grants in an attempt to eliminate unnecessary incarceration, ensure fairness within court systems.

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The Salt Lake Tribune
Less Shackling, Sentencing Changes Coming For Utah’s Youth Offenders -

Advocates pushing for change say shackling is harmful, and treats even the most minor offenders as hardened criminals.

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Reason (Hit and Run Blog)
Maryland to Allow Some Leeway in Mandatory Minimum Sentencing -

Court will be able to depart from guidelines on some drug cases.

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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.