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Andrew Speno on Oklahoma’s State of Play: “Being A Better Steward of Our Resources” Is Needed

Michael Haugen | December 7, 2016

In a recent interview, our Oklahoma state director Andrew Speno joined News Radio 1000 KTOK to discuss the state of play surrounding conservative criminal justice reform efforts in the state, particul...

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Dismal, Reactionary Views About Future of Criminal Justice Reform Are Unfounded

Haley Holik | December 5, 2016

Following the results of the presidential election, some critics predicted the stalling of criminal justice reform. They questioned how the movement could possibly advance during the president-electâ€...

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Pretrial-Justice Reform: An Old Idea Gains New Momentum

Marc Levin | November 30, 2016

This commentary originally appeared at Real Clear Policy on November 30, 2016. History has proven that it is much easier to diagnose a problem than to solve it. The pretrial-justice system is no ex...

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Louisiana Association of Business and Industry: State’s Inadequate Workforce ‘May Be Fulfilled’ By Ex-Offenders

Right on Crime | November 30, 2016

This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research associate. On November 18, the Louisiana Association Business and Industry (LABI) held a summit to address the state's growing...

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Fox News
Rehab, Not Punishment Must Drive Prison System, Key Leaders Tell Panel -

Bipartisan panel of state, national elected officials state that an over-emphasis on punitive sanctions is poor strategy to apply to all offenders alike.

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2010 Law Saved South Carolina Taxpayers Almost $500 Million -

A comprehensive reform bill from 2010 is bearing fruit, as a recent report shows it has saved or deferred $500 million in costs, allowed closure of six prisons.

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Morality and Money: Criminal Justice Reform Takes A Step Forward in Oklahoma -

The moral and fiscal costs of an inefficient and wasteful justice system in Oklahoma are but two reasons to advance comprehensive reform.

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US News and World Report
Crime in Decline -

Innovative conservative solutions beyond mass incarceration are keeping crime rates low.

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Washington Times
As ‘Law and Order’ President, Trump Can Improve Criminal Justice for Everyone -

Here are three criminal justice policy changes enacted by several states recently that the new administration should pursue federally.

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The Advocate
Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Aims to Cut State’s Prison Population -

A growing bipartisan coalition is pushing a reform platform to cut prison populations, shift the offenders into alternate forms of punishment and rehabilitation.

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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.