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February 18, 2016

Conservatives continue to lead the way on criminal justice reform and Right on Crime is the “tip of the spear” – leading key reform efforts across the country and in Washington, DC. Thanks to the leadership of the Signatories to the Right on Crime Statement of Principles, many states have saved taxpayer money while focusing on victims and enhancing public safety. It is an exciting time for criminal justice reform and we want to keep you up to date with our campaign, so read more and share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Bringing Major Civil Forfeiture Reform to Buckeye State

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature of House Bill 347, the Buckeye State has become the latest, and the first of the new year, to significantly restrain the ability of law enforcement to take and keep private property without a criminal conviction via civil asset forfeiture. Utilized in the modern era primarily as a way to divest criminal actors within the drug trade of their ill-gotten gains, asset forfeiture has since grown well beyond this relatively tailored and legitimate usage, as e...

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Oklahoma’s High Court Affirms Limitations on Sentencing Juvenile Offenders to Life in Prison

This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. Recently, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court affirmed limitations on sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison. The court applied Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana to discretionary juvenile life without parole. In Miller, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sentencing of youth 17 years or younger was unconstitutional. Shortly after, the Court held in Montgomery that Miller applies retroactively. The...

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On Criminal Justice Reform, It’s Been State and Local Leaders Carrying the Torch

Recently, my colleague Haley Holik penned a timely piece concerning the knee-jerk fatalism among many justice reform advocates on the left that has attended the result of the presidential election, with most headlines heralding the end of criminal justice reform. I recommend her article, and I’d like to expand at length on several of her points. Holik’s primary thesis is that given the decade’s worth of justice reform initiatives already under the belt of states across the country—a situation th...

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Andrew Speno on Oklahoma’s State of Play: “Being A Better Steward of Our Resources” Is Needed

In a recent interview, our Oklahoma state director Andrew Speno joined News Radio 1000 KTOK to discuss the state of play surrounding conservative criminal justice reform efforts in the state, particularly with regard to two ballot questions passed by voters in early November which reclassified various low-level felony drug possession and property offenses to misdemeanors, and allows savings from those changes to be reinvested into community rehabilitation programs. Host Jason Doyle noted that cr...

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

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 prison population.  Currently, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, which has ballooned to twice the national average—with half of the prison population within the state being comprised of non-violent offenders. The primary concern facing the LABI is the barriers to busin...

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