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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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In Arizona, One Man Faces Criminal Penalties for Cutting the Homeless’ Hair Without a License

As the saying goes, good deeds never go unpunished. A Tucson man is finding this out the hard way as he’s currently under investigation by Arizona’s State Board of Cosmetology for “giving free haircuts to homeless in the community” without a license to do so, according to Tucson News Now: “Juan Carlos Montesdeoca has given dozens of free haircuts to the homeless at the Santa Rita Park over the past few months.   “Out of the kindness of my heart. Out of the memory of my mom, because sh...

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Texas Committee Recommends Reducing Costs by Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration

This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Brian Bensimon. A new report by Texas’s House Committee on Corrections urges the state to continue funding programs that provide alternatives to incarceration. Despite a perceived reputation as a “tough on crime” state, Texas has led the criminal justice reform movement by enacting bold reforms that emphasize public safety and reduce recidivism. In the last decade that legislators have been pursuing reform, the crime rate in Texas h...

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New Illinois Bill Providing Greater Sentencing Flexibility, Trauma Recovery Services Heads to Governor’s Desk

This post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill giving judges more sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders and began the process of providing more funding for trauma recovery services for victims of violent crimes. This bipartisan bill previously passed the House, and is now on its way to the Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature. These latest policy changes were just two of many recommendations posited by the st...

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Randy Petersen on ‘The Lars Larson Show’: Policing Is A “Uniquely Local” Idea

Randy Petersen, our senior researcher of policing, recently appeared on “The Lars Larson Show” to discuss his latest commentary in The Hill, which pushes back against suggestions that have surfaced over the past several months that federal authorities ought to have a role in community policing. Petersen criticized this idea, saying that while there’s much commonality in the policing subculture from one department—or one state—to the next, policing as a government function is...

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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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