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Right On Crime Seeks To Improve The Criminal Justice System In Its Entirety

Michael Haugen | May 20, 2015

In a new column for The New Republic released on Monday, Stephen Lurie correctly acknowledges that our sprawling criminal justice system has recently enjoyed widespread attention from lawmakers and po...

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Perspectives on Conservative Criminal Justice Reform: Discussions About Reform in 2015

Right on Crime | May 19, 2015

In the last decade, conservatives have become the leaders in criminal justice reform. The issue affects many of the values of the conservative movement, such as public safety and limited government. S...

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Obama Administration Announces Rollback Of Controversial Surplus Military Equipment Program For Law Enforcement Agencies

Michael Haugen | May 18, 2015

After an announcement made by Obama administration officials on Monday, it will now be more difficult for state and local law enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military hardware under the Pentag...

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Despite State-Level Asset Forfeiture Reforms, Practice Continues Apace Among Federal Authorities

Michael Haugen | May 13, 2015

A recent piece in the Washington Post highlights the amount of work yet to be done to curb the use of civil asset forfeiture among federal authorities, despite concurrent efforts taken by state legis...

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Grover Norquist: Malloy Right On Drug Sentencing Reform -

ROC signatory Grover Norquist on Connecticut Gov. Malloy’s efforts to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Is It The Fancy Way Of Saying State-Sanctioned Theft? -

Civil asset forfeiture is “a legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property” without levying charges.

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The Sacramento Bee
Jerry Brown Can Savor An Accomplishment As Crime Falls, Along With Prison Population -

A recent PPIC report shows that, in its first two years, California’s justice realignment did not lead to greater crime.

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The Guardian
Could Michael Gove Become A Liberal Hero By Reforming Our Prisons? -

Ian Birrell hopes for a British version of Right on Crime with the appointment of Britain’s new justice secretary.

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The New York Times
Justice Reform in the Deep South -

While justice reform has moved relatively slow at the federal level, states in the Deep South have taken point.

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National Journal
As 2016 Candidates Talk about Justice Reform, Congress Appears Increasingly Likely to Act -

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, long a skeptic, may be an unlikely advocate for change.

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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.