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“Our Debt to Society: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform”

Right on Crime | October 12, 2015

In remarks to the Heritage Foundation last week, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah made a sweeping moral and practical case for criminal justice reform, on the heels of new legislation in the Senate that seeks t...

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Crime Surge! — Blood, Well-Told Half-Truths, And Statistics

Chuck DeVore | October 8, 2015

This commentary originally appeared in Forbes on October 7, 2015. In the wake of urban unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore a particular meme has developed that crime is spiking. From the New York Ti...

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The Truth About Federal Sentencing Reform

Michael Haugen | October 6, 2015

In a piece posted at Breitbart on Sunday, columnist Ben Shapiro takes issue with the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” unveiled last week in the Senate, suggesting that the bill, should it b...

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Federal Compromise on Criminal Justice Reform Bill Announced in Senate

Dianna Muldrow | October 1, 2015

On October 1, a collection of senators announced that an agreement had been reached on the CORRECTIONS Act and the Smarter Sentencing Act, both bipartisan criminal justice reform bills that had both a...

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Florida Times-Union
Overuse of County Jails Increases Crime -

Misuse of limited jail resources impoverishes the community and increases the crime rate.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice Gets Federal Grant -

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice has received a $700,000 federal grant to improve community re-entry and other services for juveniles.

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Daily Caller
New House Criminal Justice Reform Bill Will Come As Early As This Week -

Aide to Republican House Judiciary Charmain states a criminal justice reform bill could be introduced as early as this week.

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Washington Examiner
How Sen. Grassley Got To ‘Yes’ on Criminal Justice Reform -

The Iowa GOP senator has long embraced the “tough-on-crime” policies thathave been commonplace in recent years.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bipartisan Effort in Congress Leads To Comprehensive Sentencing Reform Proposal -

A movement has been afoot in recent years to reduce the federal prison population and corrections costs responsibly.

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Citizen's Voice (Luzerne County)
Reform Asset Forfeiture in Criminal Justice System -

Reform bills based on New Mexico’s new law were introduced this year in both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

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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.