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Marc Levin Discusses Latest FBI Crime Report, Drug Treatment Programs on “The Bill Martinez Show”

Right on Crime | October 10, 2016

During a recent episode of "The Bill Martinez Show," Right on Crime policy director Marc Levin spent time discussing details of the FBI's newly released crime report for 2015, in which he stated that ...

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With SB 443’s Signature, Stronger Civil Forfeiture Protections Come to the Golden State

Michael Haugen | October 3, 2016

Over at Forbes, Nick Sibilla from the Institute for Justice (IJ) reports that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 443, a much-debated piece of legislation that strengthens the state...

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Conservative Justice Reform Advocates React to New FBI Crime Report

Right on Crime | September 27, 2016

The FBI has released its annual crime report for last year, and the conservative members of the U.S. Justice Action Network—three of whom are also Right on Crime signatories— issued the following ...

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Jerry Madden Discusses Texas’ Justice Reform Efforts to ICJC in Melbourne

Right on Crime | September 23, 2016

In this video from the International Criminal Justice Conference in Melbourne, Australia last year, former Texas House Corrections Committee Chairman and Right on Crime senior fellow Jerry Madden sha...

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The Marshall Project
The Criminal Justice Reform That Could Actually Reach Obama’s Desk -

In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Worried About the Rising Violent Crime Rate -

“Despite all the increases we’ve seen, 2015 was the third safest year since 1970 in terms of violent crime rates.”

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Michigan Live
What Gov. Rick Snyder Called ‘The Dumbest Thing You Can Do’ -

Michigan Gov. Snyder: “That’s the dumbest thing you can do (is just have prisoners serve their time). We need to be more proactive in how to (get prisoners jobs).”

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Why Oklahoma Activists Are Bringing Criminal Justice Reforms Directly To Voters -

Ballot initiative in Oklahoma asks voters to reclassify simple drug possession and property crimes under $1,000 from felonies to misdemeanors.

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Washington Examiner
Rep. Goodlatte Says He Won’t Drop Criminal Intent Reform -

Criminal intent (mens rea) standards require that an individual have a culpable state of mind before being found guilty of a crime.

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Justice Reform Is At An Historic Crossroad -

“The conservative case for sentencing reform is clear, and the time for action is now.”

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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.