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Right on Crime Commends Speaker Ryan For Leadership On Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 5, 2016

Austin, TX—Recent comments by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will schedule a vote on a criminal justice reform bill this year earned praise from Right on Crime, the leading conservative crimina...

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Deputy Director Derek Cohen: Transparency Needed During SWAT Deployments

Kim Dusseldorp | January 28, 2016

This week at the Austin City Council, Right on Crime’s Derek Cohen spoke to the Public Safety Committee about having more transparency when Austin SWAT teams are utilized in police operations. SW...

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Colson Task Force Releases Report Detailing Recommendations For Federal Corrections Reform

Michael Haugen | January 26, 2016

In a press conference today, members of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections released a report detailing the findings of their year-long effort to identify the main drivers of federal ...

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“Comprehensive and Common Sense Justice Reform in Md.”

Michael Haugen | January 14, 2016

Yesterday in the Baltimore Sun, Right on Crime signatory Robert Ehrlich highlights a comprehensive justice reform package released last month in Maryland that seeks to "further reduce the state's inca...

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Alaska Dispatch-News
Alaska’s Lax Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform -

“Asset forfeiture reform is gaining momentum in many areas of the country, a trend thatis likely to continue in the months and years to come.”

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Las Vegas Review-Journal
Criminal Justice Reform Merits Bipartisan Support -

“In a world of partisanship and dysfunction, [criminal justice reform] is the one thing that Congress could actually achieve this year.”

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Dallas Star-Telegram
‘Forfeiture’ Of Assets To Government Is An Affront To Rights -

Under civil asset forfeiture, property is kept by the government permanently, regardless of guilt or innocence.

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Austin American-Statesman
Texas Driver-Fee Program Gets Bipartisan Blistering -

Driver Responsibility Program, which levies fines for driving offenses on top of court-mandated penalties, was heavily scrutinized in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

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The Daily Signal
How Michigan and Ohio Made it Harder to Accidently Break the Law -

Proponents of mens reacall such requirements a necessary guard against overcriminalization by protecting people from accidentally breaking the law.

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Fox News
Former Federal Prosecutors Offer Support for Sentencing Reform Bill -

Sixty-seven former federal prosecutors, senior government officials sent letter to congressional leaders supporting Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.

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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.

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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.