The conservative approach to criminal justice:
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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms

Michael Haugen | June 30, 2015

Last Friday, Right on Crime, in partnership with Americans for Tax Reform, held a policy primer in Washington, D.C. titled "Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms," discussing var...

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The Conservative Case for Pretrial Justice Reform and Seven Solutions for Right-Sizing the Solution

Right on Crime | June 29, 2015

Marc Levin, Director of Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice, has written a two-part exposition in Townhall on pretrial justice reform and how conservative solutions can bring the syst...

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Supreme Court Strikes Down “Residual Clause” of Armed Career Criminal Act

Greg Glod | June 26, 2015

In an opinion that will likely be overshadowed by the Obergefell decision handed down the same day, a major ruling on overcriminalization was delivered at the Supreme Court on Friday. The Court ruled ...

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CATO Podcast: Institute of Justice’s Arif Panju Discusses Asset Forfeiture in the Lone Star State

Michael Haugen | June 26, 2015

In a new CATO podcast, Arif Panju of the Institute for Justice gets into the state of civil asset forfeiture practices in Texas. In a word, Texas isn't doing very well. In the recent legislative se...

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Hartford Courant
Legislature Passes ‘Second Chance Society’ Bill, Criminal Justice Reforms -

Connecticut lawmakers on Monday passed reform bills aimed at diverting lower-risk, non-violent offenders into treatment programs over incarceration.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Supreme Court’s Mandatory Minimum Ruling Viewed As ‘Game-Changer’ -

Pennsylvania’s high court tossed out the state’smandatory minimum sentencing scheme for drug-free school zones.

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The Guardian
The Simple Idea That Could Transform US Criminal Justice -

Judge Victoria Pratt looks defendants in the eye, asks them to write essays about their goals, and applauds them for complying – and she is getting results.

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Plan Would Require Conviction Before Property Seizure -

A proposal to end civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania has bipartisan backing among state lawmakers.

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Bipartisan Push for Criminal Justice Reform Sets Its Agenda -

But specifics are a casualty of the search for consensus.

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USA Today
Ferguson Residents Petition For Police Body Camera Rules -

A group of city residents launch a petition to require the use of body cameras on duty, establish rules regulating their use.

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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.