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Kentucky’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017

The State of Kentucky has exhibited tremendous leadership in the area of criminal justice reform.  Over the last few years the State has endeavored to thoroughly examine its adult and juvenile justic...

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Barriers to Re-entry Hurt Society as a Whole

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017

The United States Supreme Court recently entered an opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. 2017. _ U.S. _ (June). In a roundabout way, it touched on the merits of state laws that obstruct an individ...

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Joint Finance Committee Tackles Prisoner Treatment Options

Thomas Lyons | July 24, 2017

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee, the group in charge of modifying Governor Walker’s budget, took decisive action towards improving treatment opportunities for prisoners. In 1999, Wisconsin ...

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As Troubles Mount, Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System is Primed for Overhaul

Thomas Lyons | July 18, 2017

USA Today-Wisconsin affiliates reported last week the number of inmates at the state’s two juvenile prisons have declined in the last two years.  The prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, have be...

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Bringing Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reforms to Washington -

Successful ‘smart on crime’ reforms seen in Texas and Georgia have inspired U.S. Rep Doug Collins to introduce new legislation.

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The Atlantic
The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions’s New Civil-Forfeiture Rules -

Civil asset forfeiture could be ‘living on borrowed time’ if the Supreme Court steps in.

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The Hill
States, Not Feds, Must Take Lead to Cut Crime -

J.C. Watts, former congressman and Right on Crime signatory, outlines the history of ineffective prison sentencing for low-risk drug offenders and the case for reform.

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The Hill
It’s Time to Refocus the Punishment Paradigm -

Studies show punishments only go so far in encouraging good behavior.

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Dayton Daily News
Prisons’ High Cost Fuels Search for Alternatives -


Excessive costs associated with prison upkeep in Ohio has forced opposing political parties to agree an alternative to ‘more prisons’ is needed.


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Released From Prison But Locked Out of Work -

Too many formerly incarcerated individuals are getting held back from bettering their lives due to arbitrary occupational licensing laws.

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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.