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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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Trump Listens to Calls for Reentry Programs

Right on Crime joined President Trump for a listening session on prison reform, Thursday, January 11th. This comes after several months of meetings with Trump’s Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner, on how rehabilitative programs, such as job training, can help former offenders get back on their feet as they reenter society. Right on Crime was represented by our Signatory and President of Texas Public Policy Foundation, Brooke Rollins. Rollins spoke about the Texas success story where crime was cut 31...

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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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Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Task Force Report: Expanding and Increasing Reliance Upon Diversion Programs

Monday, December 4th, Tennessee’s Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice unveiled its report following its comprehensive study on the overall state of Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice System. The Task Force projects that, as a whole, the reforms and reinvestment of $4.5 million will ultimately reduce the delinquent population 36 percent by FY 2024. This will save tax payers $36 million over the course of the next 5 years. Because there are many facets to the Task Force’s recomme...

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Coalition Applauds Lawmakers for Advancing Legislation to Address Criminal Justice Reform

Judicial Safety Valve Reforms Mandatory Minimum Sentencing by Providing Courts with Needed Flexibility Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of conservative public policy organizations today praised Florida lawmakers for advancing legislation that seeks to reform mandatory minimum sentencing requirements by allowing for a judicial safety valve. Senate Bill 694, sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and co-sponsored by Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee), passed the Florida Senate Committee...

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