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Innocent Mississippians shouldn’t have to worry about having their cash or property taken

Katie Greer | October 19, 2018

Mississippi has repeatedly made headlines for reining in civil asset forfeiture, a practice that allows government agencies to take cash or property from citizens under mere suspicion. Despite efforts...

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Conservatives Encourage President Trump to Press Forward on Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | October 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2018 Washington, DC — Today prominent conservative leaders delivered a letter to President Trump encouraging continued action toward passage of the Formerly ...

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In the Trenches of Reentry

Elain Ellerbe | October 16, 2018

Over the 25 years of my work with incarcerated individuals and their families, I have had the great pleasure and honor to run into a number of what I call “reentry warriors.” These people were the...

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Scenes of Halloween in Chesapeake, Va.

Michael Haugen | October 11, 2018

Oct. 31, 8:01 p.m.   A high, clear shriek rends the stillness of the night, as a chill wind settles over Dunning Lane. Though an occasional wail is to be expected on a night such as this—wily...

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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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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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Louisiana boosts money for prisoner rehabilitation programs -

In addition to reentry programs, savings from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative are supporting victim restitution and notification systems.

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Judge Don Willett Stands Out on Criminal Justice Reform -

Issues such as false imprisonment and onerous fines and fees are receiving attention in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

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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.