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The conservative approach to criminal justice:
fighting crime, supporting victims, and protecting taxpayers.

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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Yes, Trump is Embracing Criminal Justice Reform

This article by Right on Crime Signatories Ken Blackwell and Ken Cuccinelli originally appeared in the Washington Examiner, February 12th, 2018. Throughout the last election cycle, there came fevered predictions from many commentators on the Left that, given candidate Donald Trump’s frank messaging about returning to “law and order” and confronting violent crime in American cities, criminal justice reform efforts were officially dead in the water. Criminal justice reform appears “ble...

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Data-Driven Reentry Initiative Tackles Recidivism

The United States spends roughly 80 billion dollars per year on its various federal, state and local, prison systems.  The return on that investment has been a recidivism rate of approximately seventy percent.  Newt Gingrich’s comment aptly summarizes the problem with those numbers: “If two-thirds of public school students dropped out, or two-thirds of all bridges built collapsed within three years, would citizens tolerate it? But that is exactly what is happening all across the U.S. in our pris...

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Trump Calls for Prison Reform

President Trump gave a big nod to prison reform in his first State of the Union address, Tuesday, January 30th. “As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.” After months of meetings with the Administration, and the launch of the first-of-its-kind initiative, Safe Streets & Second Chances, reentry programs are gai...

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Sessions Returns to Rule of Law on Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions terminated Erick Holder’s previous decision to allow states to ignore federal marijuana laws. Right on Crime Director, Dr. Derek Cohen, went on air with WMAL 105.9, Mornings on the Mall, to dismantle the assumption that Sessions’ move is an attack on state’s rights. WMAL’s Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter kicked off the conversation with questions of what Sessions’ reversal meant. “It’s not so much of a reversal, it’s more of a return to the rule of law,” Cohen sai...

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Right on Crime Praises Speaker Ryan for Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

Austin, TX — Right on Crime today praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for his commitment to passing criminal justice reform in 2018.  Several conservative criminal justice reform bills have been discussed and passed by the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate in recent years. “Speaker Ryan is showing leadership on an issue of pressing importance that demands attention to improve public safety,” said Ken Blackwell, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission...

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