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A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be too easy to take that fo...

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Bail Reform: Smart Choice for Taxpayers and Public Safety

Marc Levin | May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in TribTalk on May 19, 2017. On any given day, there are more than 400,000 Americans sitting in jails around the country who haven’t been convicted of committing ...

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Is It Time to Scale Back on SWAT Teams?

Randy Petersen | May 19, 2017

This article originally appeared in The Hill on May 18, 2017. It began with an Austin Police helicopter circling the skies over his normally quiet neighborhood and ended with tear gas rounds shatt...

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Advocates and Lawmakers Urge Passage of Second Chances Bill

Katie Greer | May 17, 2017

Standing in support of the Second Chances Bill, Right on Crime signatory Doug Deason urged legislators to pass the critical reforms at a press conference held in the Texas state capitol on Tuesday. De...

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Washington Post
Louisiana, Nation’s Biggest Jailer, is Poised to Overhaul Criminal Sentencing Laws -

Bill related to nonviolent offenders will save Louisiana taxpayers $262 million over the next decade if pass this legislative session.

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New York Times
States Trim Penalties and Prison Rolls, Even as Sessions Gets Tough -

Right on Crime director, Marc Levin, provided insight on the significant impact of state-led criminal justice reform: “There have been so many successes in the last several years, particularly in conservative states, that it continues to fuel other states to act.”

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The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Right to Commute Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Some Drug Offenders -

The Oklahoman Editorial Board released their opinion on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to enact ‘Smart on Crime’ reforms to the state’s prison sentencing.

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The Oklahoman
Treat, Norquist: Oklahomans Should Embrace Better Justice -

Our signatory, Grover Norquist, and Oklahoma Senator Greg Treat highlight the vital need for criminal justice reform in a state that currently has the second-highest incarceration rate and is on its way to costing Oklahomans $2 billion over the next ten years.

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MassInc Polling Group
Voters Embrace End to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Support Second Chance Reforms -

A new MassINC poll revealed voters across the political spectrum see prison as a contributor to the state’s high recidivism rates and widely support comprehensive criminal justice reform.

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Carolina Journal Radio
Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Focus on ‘Mens Rea’ Rules -

Joe Luppino-Esposito, policy analyst for Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, weighed in on the issue of “mens rea” in North Carolina.

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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.