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Congress Passes Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Right on Crime | December 20, 2018

First Step Act Is Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 358 to 36 to pass the revised version of the First Step ...

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Rethinking Pretrial Justice in the Pelican State

Scott Peyton | December 19, 2018

Louisiana recently shed the title of having the highest incarceration rate in the country, and now it is time to take a look at the state of pretrial detention and the need for bail reform in the Pel...

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Right on Crime Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | December 18, 2018

First Step Act Would Usher In Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act by a vote of 87 to 12. The bill is the most com...

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Judge Scott Schlegel – A Legal Rebel With A Cause

Elain Ellerbe | December 18, 2018

In the 24th Judicial District located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Judge Scott Schlegel created and presides over one of the most progressive and innovative criminal courts—though Judge Schlege...

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Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee -

Join Right on Crime and Belmont University College of Law in examining the evolving issue of criminal justice reform and what can be learned from other states like Kentucky. The discussion will include aspecial focus on pretrial and sentencing reform. Lunch is provided and the event has been approved for CLE credit.

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Nearly 400 people in Wayne County who were never charged with a crime still lost property -

Michigan is in desperate need of civil asset forfeiture reform, a tool that allows government agencies to take and keep property under mere suspicion of criminal activity.

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Governor Wolf signs bipartisan criminal justice reform bills into law -

Pennsylvania is building on recent reforms that reduce barriers to employment with Act 95, which ends driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.

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Trump’s comments could improve the prospects for federal prison reform -

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the FIRST STEP Act after midterm elections thanks in part to the president’s ongoing push for prison reform.

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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 exciting advances are taking place at the state level. States are finding innovative 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 the map, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.