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Kansas Should Embrace Asset Forfeiture Reform

Currie Myers | February 13, 2019

In 2018, Kansas was able to take a first step toward having better controls over asset forfeiture by passing a law that mandates greater transparency over assets seized by law enforcement officers.&n...

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Pretrial Justice in Tennessee

Julie Warren | February 13, 2019

We are all familiar with the tenet that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Americans may not be well versed in the myriad protocols related to the criminal jus...

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The Promising Fruits of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2019

On November 1, 2017, as a part of the criminal justice reforms passed by the legislature that year, nearly 2,000 individuals were to be released from Louisiana correctional facilities. On average, th...

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Right on Crime Partners with the Pelican Institute to Offer Louisiana Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Solutions

Right on Crime | February 12, 2019

Solutions would build on successes of 2017 state reforms and offer insights into new policy needs Please click to view the issue solutions papers regarding mens rea and civil asset forfeiture ...

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Oct 29
Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee -

Join Right on Crime and Belmont University College of Law in examining the evolving issue of criminal justice reform and what can be learned from other states like Kentucky. The discussion will include aspecial focus on pretrial and sentencing reform. Lunch is provided and the event has been approved for CLE credit.

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Nearly 400 people in Wayne County who were never charged with a crime still lost property -

Michigan is in desperate need of civil asset forfeiture reform, a tool that allows government agencies to take and keep property under mere suspicion of criminal activity.

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Governor Wolf signs bipartisan criminal justice reform bills into law -

Pennsylvania is building on recent reforms that reduce barriers to employment with Act 95, which ends driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.

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Trump’s comments could improve the prospects for federal prison reform -

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the FIRST STEP Act after midterm elections thanks in part to the president’s ongoing push for prison reform.

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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 exciting advances are taking place at the state level. States are finding innovative 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 the map, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.