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New Task Force to Prioritize Juvenile Justice Reform

Right on Crime | June 28, 2017

Tennesseans just gained an important ally in its effort to reform its criminal justice system with the newly formed bipartisan Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice, chaired by S...

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Criminal Justice Reform Summit | Austin, TX

Katie Greer | June 14, 2017

Think tank leaders and reform advocates from all over the country traveled to Austin on June 7 to gain insight on major issues affecting the criminal justice movement at the Right on Crime Criminal Ju...

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Counting Criminal Justice to Save Money and Improve Public Safety

Right on Crime | May 24, 2017

This article by Chelsea Murphy, Florida director at Right on Crime, and Richard Doran, former attorney general of Florida, originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times on May 23, 2017. Here's an idea: ...

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Opioid Addictions Won’t be Cured by Tough Sentences

Right on Crime | May 23, 2017

This article by Right on Crime signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on May 22, 2017. One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campa...

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Biding Time -

The Oklahoman released an in-depth take on how the state’s use of fines and fees have led to unnecessary jail time for people who are poor – and how it impacts the families they leave behind.

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National Review
Civil Asset Forfeiture: Where Due Process Goes to Die -

Kevin Williamson at National Review expounded on the recent remarks of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – calling civil asset forfeiture an abused practice.

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Washington Times
Time for Justice Reform is Now, Leading Evangelicals Say -

Prison Fellowship is garnering support among Christian leaders to promote sentencing reform and rehabilitation for formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Bill Tightening Rules for Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pennsylvania Goes to Gov. Wolf’s Desk -

Pennsylvania’s civil asset forfeiture bill that protects property owners is expected to be signed by the Governor.

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Louisiana Opioid Abuse: A Dirty Little Workplace Secret -

A recent study showing Louisiana as number one among 25 other states with high long-term use of opioids has the business community seeking solutions to the ­­epidemic.

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The State can Enforce The Law, but It’s Up To Us To Restore People and Communities -

Prison Fellowship President and CEO, James J. Ackerman, launched the Justice Declaration as a means for garnering Christian attention to crime as ‘a moral issue.’


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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.