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Pretrial-Justice Reform: An Old Idea Gains New Momentum

Marc Levin | November 30, 2016

This commentary originally appeared at Real Clear Policy on November 30, 2016. History has proven that it is much easier to diagnose a problem than to solve it. The pretrial-justice system is no ex...

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Louisiana Association of Business and Industry: State’s Inadequate Workforce ‘May Be Fulfilled’ By Ex-Offenders

Right on Crime | November 30, 2016

This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research associate. On November 18, the Louisiana Association Business and Industry (LABI) held a summit to address the state's growing...

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New Report Shows Ninety-One Percent of New Criminal Laws in Oklahoma Fall Outside Penal Code

Right on Crime | November 22, 2016

This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. The Manhattan Institute recently released a report on Oklahoma overcriminalization reform, which spotlights ...

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The Advocate: Growing Coalition of Louisiana Leaders Push for Reform Through Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Right on Crime | November 21, 2016

This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research assistant. Last Thursday, a task force designed to look at ways to improve public safety and save taxpayer’s money held a he...

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US News and World Report
Crime in Decline -

Innovative conservative solutions beyond mass incarceration are keeping crime rates low.

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Washington Times
As ‘Law and Order’ President, Trump Can Improve Criminal Justice for Everyone -

Here are three criminal justice policy changes enacted by several states recently that the new administration should pursue federally.

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The Advocate
Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Aims to Cut State’s Prison Population -

A growing bipartisan coalition is pushing a reform platform to cut prison populations, shift the offenders into alternate forms of punishment and rehabilitation.

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Oklahoma Voters Pass Criminal Justice Reform State Questions -

Key ballot initiatives reclassify various drug possession and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, reinvests money into rehabilitation programs.

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The Marshall Project
The Criminal Justice Reform That Could Actually Reach Obama’s Desk -

In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Worried About the Rising Violent Crime Rate -

“Despite all the increases we’ve seen, 2015 was the third safest year since 1970 in terms of violent crime rates.”

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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.